Man accused of ramming school bus arrested at Utah temple claiming to be chased by 'Satan'
A Utah County man is accused of ramming a school bus full of children with his truck before carjacking another driver and speeding to a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he told officers he was being chased by Satan.
The wild ordeal played out Wednesday afternoon around 3 p.m., starting in Pleasant Grove and ending at the Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork. Officers arrested Brant Jay Diediker, 40, who now faces more than 25 felonies.
According to a jail report, Pleasant Grove Police received a 911 call saying there had been a crash involving a school bus at the intersection of 600 West and 1100 North. According to witnesses, a vehicle rammed the school bus repeatedly for several blocks before stopping at the intersection.
Witnesses told police the man, later identified as Diediker, was running around the intersection approaching cars and demanding they take him to “the Temple,” according to the jail report.
Diediker allegedly forced his way into a large box truck, which a witness then followed the truck to the LDS Temple grounds at 742 North 900 East in American Fork. Responding officers found Diediker outside the temple and placed him in custody.
“[Diediker] told those officers that he was the person driving the white Toyota Tundra pick up truck that collided with the school bus. The driver went on to say that he struck the bus to get away from someone chasing him; he named the person chasing him to be ‘Satan’ but once again stated that he had struck the bus intentionally,” a police report says.
Police arrested Diediker and searched his truck. A probable cause statement says officers found an e-pen used for smoking as well as cannabis concentrate known as "dab."
According to police, Diediker said the dab pen belonged to him. Officers took Diediker to jail on 29 separate charges including 20 counts of aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, driving with measurable controlled substance, failure to remain at an accident involving injury, and drug possession.
A Pleasant Grove police spokesperson said there were 20 children and a driver on the bus but nobody was hurt.