According to Xinhua, the bus driver had gotten out to use a toilet at a transport terminal in eastern Beijing when the boy got into the driver's seat, apparently started the bus without a key.
The teen zigzagged through traffic, crashing into two cars on the road and about 10 parked vehicles, and knocked down two electricity poles. One of the parked cars was struck so hard that it was thrown through the front entrance of a local health clinic, shattering the building's glass door.
"It was like watching a blockbuster movie when I saw the bus crashing into cars like a bulldozer," said a man surnamed Liu as he described the Sunday morning chaos.
Liu was having breakfast at his shoe-repair stand nearby when he saw the bus coming at him like a "dancing dragon." "I threw my canteen and ran for my life," he said.
No one was injured but the boy reportedly was trembling and quiet when finally grabbed by three people who kicked in the bus's door.
"He was thin, and was about 165cm tall, trembling without a word," said a man surnamed Chen, who helped stop the bus.
A similar case happened in Beijing on December 12, 2008, when a 13-year-old middle school boy stole a city bus at a terminal in Haidian district. The police stopped the bus 10 kilometers away from where it was stolen two hours later.
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