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Suspect gives fake name after allegedly crashing stolen Tempe bus

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Tempe Police say a suspect gave a fake name after being arrested for stealing a bus and crashing it into a wall.

Surveillance video inside a bus showed James Robert Martin boarding, placing his skateboard down, and then jumping behind the wheel of the bus which was left running.

Thankfully no one was on board the blue city bus as Martin drove it around Arizona State University.

Martin at one point even asked a pedestrian if they needed a ride.

"This guy he is not in his right mind. Our officers have told me that he was on something, he's high on something," said Sgt. Mike Pooley.

Tempe Police found Martin and the bus about a mile away from the transit center after the driver called police.

Authorities say Martin didn't stop and tried to out run officers.

Video inside the bus also recorded audio where Moonie may have thought he was talking to dispatchers. "No way, are you kidding.. breaker 1 9 to radio check, leaving the scene, disturbing the peace," he said.

Martin drove into a cul-de-sac and became trapped. With no where to go he hit the gas and drove through a back yard and crashed through their back wall. Police say he kept driving on some railroad tracks before crashing into another back wall and abandoning the bus.

It turns out the suspect picked the wrong back yard as when he jumped over the fence he found some four legged heroes.

"Immediately the dogs went after him... as soon as he saw the dogs he put up his hands and just kind of dropped to his knees" said Jeff.

The dogs kept the suspect cornered until Tempe Police arrived and took him into custody.

Tempe Police originally identified Martin as Patric Moonie. Sgt. Mike Pooley says a family member of Martin's called officers to tell them Martin's real name.

We're told Martin had been arrested in 2013 and had used the name "Patric Moonie" and was in the system under that name. However, detectives found Martin had indeed used a fake name.

Pooley says he'll face additional charges for his actions.

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