2 charged with stealing bus, leading police on chase

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Two people who were on board a stolen charter bus that damaged an East Austin fast food restaurant and led police on a chase are now facing charges.

Police arrested Lisa Yanes-Urbina, 34, and 25-year-old Steven Aldaco on Tuesday after the bus came to a stop on Thurgood Avenue near Ed Bluestein Boulevard.

A manager at the Taco Bell on Airport Boulevard told police the two had come inside the restaurant to eat and then tried to drive the bus out the drive-thru exit – which had a roof above it. In an attempt to maneuver the bus through the parking lot, Aldaco backed the bus into a metal door and pole that surrounded a dumpster, the arrest affidavit said.

Yanes-Urbina then traded seats with Aldaco and drove the bus through the drive-thru, the document said, causing about $10,000 in structural damage to the overhang and the poles holding it up.

The bus continued north on Airport Boulevard before an Austin police officer spotted it along 51st Street at Ed Bluestein Boulevard. The officer feared the driver was intoxicated after seeing Yanes-Urbina slam on the brakes at a stop light and drive over a curb, the document said.

The officer turned on his lights and Yanes-Urbina led him on a low-speed chase that lasted about two miles. Before coming to a stop, police say Yanes-Urbina hit several signs along Thurgood Avenue.

After a standoff, Yanes-Urbina climbed out a window on the side of the bus and was taken into custody. A SWAT team had to be called in to convince Aldaco to come off the bus. He surrendered about three hours after they arrived.

Yanes-Urbina is charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and evading arrest. Her combined bond was set at $65,000. Aldaco is also charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and his bond was set at $35,000.

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