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Man charged with stealing school bus appears in court in St. John's

Michael Francis Squires, 40, ducks from reporters' cameras as he is escorted from a provincial courtroom in St. John's Tuesday afternoon.
Michael Francis Squires, 40, ducks from reporters' cameras as he is escorted from a provincial courtroom in St. John's Tuesday afternoon. - Tara Bradbury
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

A man arrested after police surrounded a stolen school bus on the highway in Conception Bay South Monday will be back in court next month to answer to more than 55 charges.

Michael Francis Squires, 40, ducked his head and said, "For f---'s sake" as he passed reporters' cameras while being escorted from the courtroom in handcuffs Tuesday afternoon. Squires made a very short appearance before a judge, and agreed to remain in custody until his next scheduled appearance on May 2.

He is facing 55 charges at this point, though not all of them are related to the school bus incident. At the time of his arrest on Monday, warrants had been issued for previous matters.

Among Squires' charges are multiple allegations of theft under $5,000, fraud under $5,000, possession of a stolen credit card, possession of property obtained by crime, and breaching court orders. He is also facing charges of possessing a stolen vehicle, flight from police, resisting arrest and breaching court orders in connection with the school bus.

The RNC received word Monday afternoon that a stolen bus had been seen on C.B.S. roads. Officers located the bus and attempted to pull it over, but the driver refused to stop, leading police on a short chase that ended on Peacekeepers Way.

Witnesses say police had been forced to flatten some of the bus's tires in order to get it to stop.

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