BANGOR, Maine (CBS) – A 12-year-old boy’s school bus joy ride came to an end when a man jumped on board and took control, police in Maine say.

“The issue that we see here is that a 12 year old is DRIVING the bus. Yes, he stole it,” Bangor police said in a Facebook post Thursday.

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A video shared by police shows a man and woman following a blue bus that’s swerving all over the road and at times driving onto the sidewalk. They can be heard telling authorities “there’s a little kid driving a school bus.”

Before the 12-year-old bus driver could hurt himself or anyone else, police say a man named John St. Germain III managed to board the bus and end the joy ride. St. Germain was commended by police for his actions.

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John St. Germain III (left) is recognized by police (Image credit Bangor police)

John St. Germain III (left) is recognized by police (Image credit Bangor police)

“He probably saved much property damage and even injury or death to an innocent driver or the (not so innocent) driver of the bus,” police said.

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The 12-year-old boy was taken into custody. Police have not said how he got behind the wheel of the bus.