Police in the southern Israeli Bedouin town of Rahat stopped a minibus for erratic driving on Thursday morning, and found its eight passenger seats piled high with 32 young kids on their way to kindergarten.

When the cops first asked the driver to pull over, he tried to flee the scene on foot, then attacked the cops, but was eventually apprehended.

Police then contacted authorities to arrange for a larger, adequately equipped bus to be brought so that the young travelers could continue their journey to kindergarten.

Initially, the police said there were 25 kids in the minibus. A recount showed the figure was actually 32.

When police arrived at the kindergarten they discovered that it was locked. After investigating the matter it emerged that when the kindergarten teacher heard that the minibus had been stopped, she immediately closed the nursery school and fled.

The vehicle, when checked, proved to have faulty brakes and numerous mechanical defects, and had not passed its required annual road test since 2007.