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February 07, 2023

Woman Driving Old School Bus Pursued in St. Tammany

A Florida Woman who was driving an old, colorful, re-purposed school bus is in custody this Tuesday (February 7, 2023) morning after a pursuit with St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputies. 

The incident began just before 6:00 AM this morning when STPSO deputies received a call from employees of a Mandeville gas station in the 2200 block of Florida Street. A woman came into the store carrying a blowtorch and said she was looking for the local Department of Children and Family Services Office. The woman was driving a school bus covered in graffiti and the bus had a Virginia license plate. 

Deputies located the bus on Highway 190 near Wal Mart. A pursuit ensued and continued into downtown Covington, where the driver crashed the bus into a fence at St. Scholastica Academy. 

The driver, 37 year-old Jarvis Natalie Jade, was taken into custody. It is believed that she has been living in the bus at a local State Park for the past month. Last month, a male who was believed to have been living in the bus with Jade, was arrested on domestic abuse charges at the State Park. There were no other occupants on the bus at the time of this morning's incident, no injuries and the blowtorch was recovered from inside the bus. 

The Covington Police Department assisted with the pursuit and Fire District 4 assisted at the gas station on Florida Street.

The incident is still under investigation and felony charges are pending.

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