Driver of stolen vehicle that plowed school bus has been arrested

<p><p>Police on Monday afternoon arrested the driver of a stolen BMW that allegedly struck a school bus, flipping it on its side, earlier in the day in Otis Orchards. </p></p><p><p>Jeffrey S. Schelin, 30, ran after the morning crash on East Wellesley Avenue and North Kenney Road but was arrested later in the day, according to a statement from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. </p></p><p><p>Deputies said the bus driver was the only occupant of the bus and did not appear to be injured. However, the driver was taken to a medical facility for treatment because of the severity of the crash. </p></p><p><p>The incident started around 8:30 a.m. Monday, when a deputy responded to the 5100 block of North Tiara Court in Otis Orchards for a report of a suspicious male. </p></p><p><p>The deputy observed a male, later identified as Schelin, leaning into the backseat of a white BMW. The deputy followed the BMW but eventually lost sight of it.</p></p><p><p>The deputy continued driving and eventually noticed the school bus on its side in a yard at the intersection of Wellesley and Kenney. The BMW crashed through a chain-link fence in the yard, the sheriff’s office said.</p></p><p><p>Later in the day, at approximately 1:30 p.m., a homeowner on the 21100 block of East Wellesley in Otis Orchards called 911 to report a male tapping on her back door and that she believed it was possibly the hit-and-run driver.</p></p><p><p>Deputies responded and arrested Schelin, who was injured in the crash. He was taken to a hospital.</p></p><p><p>Authorites determined Schelin was speeding and ignored a stop sign before plowing into the school bus with the stolen vehicle. He hid in a shed at the residence before attempting to contact the homeowner.</p></p><p><p>Schelin, who has a lengthy local criminal history, faces charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, second-degree burglary, hit and run, reckless driving, and driving while suspended.</p></p><p><p>Schelin had been arrested twice in the past two weeks, including on Nov. 7 for a warrant for second-degree burglary and second-degree malicious mischief, as well as Saturday for suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle. He was released by the courts on his own recognizance after both arrests, the sheriff’s office said.</p></p>