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Cops: Knife-wielding man forces way onto Ark. school bus

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. Authorities say a man armed with a knife forced his way onto a school bus as it picked up children in central Arkansas, then drove it several miles during a police pursuit.

Nicholas John Miller Jacksonville Police Dept.

Police say 11 children and the driver were aboard when 22-year-old Nicholas John Miller got onto the bus Thursday morning in Jacksonville, a Little Rock suburb.

Jacksonville police spokeswoman April Kiser says Miller was armed with a knife and pulled over only after seeing police spike strips on the road.

Kiser says no one was injured. She says it's unclear why Miller boarded the bus.

Kiser told CBS Little Rock affiliate KTHV-TV that Miller first tried to allegedly obtain a car from a resident in the neighborhood but was unsuccessful.

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A spokeswoman with the Pulaski County Special School District told KTHV-TV the suspect boarded the bus at a regularly scheduled bus stop.

Miller was arrested on charges of vehicle piracy, kidnapping and aggravated assault. He hadn't been booked in the county jail by Thursday afternoon, and it wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.