Combative Calif. Patient Carjacks Ambulance, Leads Police on Pursuit

Combative Calif. Patient Carjacks Ambulance, Leads Police on Pursuit

News Aug 31, 2017

Aug. 30—WESTMINSTER—A combative patient carjacked an ambulance and led police on a 15-minute pursuit Wednesday, Aug. 30, that reached 80 mph with lights and siren on before peacefully surrendering, authorities said.

The patient was eventually arrestedClose by Westminster police on suspicion of carjacking and other reckless driving offenses, said Cpl. Phuong Pham.

Around 8:40 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Magnolia Street and Edinger Avenue area to assist CARE ambulance personnel with an unruly patient.

The EMT driving the ambulance had reported that the patient was belligerent and had threatened an emergency medical technician with a pair of shears. The driver pulled the ambulance over to the side of the road to help the EMT in the back of the vehicle, Pham said.

While the driver and the EMT were outside the ambulance, the patient slipped into the driver's seat and drove off without them, Pham said. Within a minute, officers spotted the ambulance.

The patient drove erratically, refusing to pull over for officers, police said. He kept going until near the interchange of the I-405 and I-605 freeways, Pham said, before driving into a dirt lot and surrendering peacefully.

Officials with CARE ambulance could not be reached for comment for more information about the patient. It was unclear if the ambulance's lights and siren were on before the vehicle was seized.

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