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Stolen city bus suspect sits down for jailhouse interview

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

A man accused of stealing a city bus and then leading officers on a pursuit talked with FOX 10 about his joyride.

He revealed why he jumped behind of the wheel in the first place.

James Martin said he had just been released from jail a few days before his joyride; he simply wanted to get out of the state.

"To make a long story kind of short I was just trying to get out of Arizona," said James Martin.

Martin said he decided to steal the bus to return to Oklahoma City.

"I didn't have anybody to call, I didn't have anywhere to go, and I just felt like if I went back to my roots that it would get me there," he said.

He explained that seeing the bus driver outside the bus helped him decide to jump in and take off.

"No way are you kidding? breaker 1 9 to radio check, leaving the scene, disturbing the peace," said Martin on a bus surveillance camera.

Video from inside the bus caught Martin rapping to himself as he drove around the city.

"I was under the influence of a little bit of meth," he said.

Tempe Police officers quickly pursued the bus while Martin tried to outrun them. He became trapped in a cul-de-sac nearby. That's when he rammed through a fence and ended up in somebody's back yard.

Dogs from that yard cornered Martin until officers arrested him.

"I jumped a fence and the police officer was right behind me, he jumped the fence too," he said.

Martin agreed to talk with the news media in order to get his side of the story out and to tell his three young kids why he'll be locked up.

"This is my one shot before I get hid behind a wall. I don't know, I got kids, I got family out there," he said.

Tempe Police say Martin gave them a fake name when he was arrested. Martin said he had used that name in previous arrests.

He now faces charges of using a false identity, theft of a motor vehicle, and criminal trespassing.

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