Cops: Woman Gets in Police Chase in Stolen Ambulance

And it ends in a fiery crash
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2016 3:40 PM CDT
Cops: Woman Gets in Police Chase in Stolen Ambulance
What's left of an ambulance after it was stolen from a couple paramedics Tuesday morning in San Francisco.   (San Francisco Fire Department)

Paramedics leaving a San Francisco apartment building with their patient Tuesday morning were shocked to find their ambulance missing, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. They had left it running when they went inside. Police used a tracking device inside the ambulance to catch up with it a short time later. Authorities say the woman behind the wheel briefly evaded police until crashing into a concrete barrier, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The ambulance burst into flames, shutting down the highway. The woman was arrested on suspicion of felony evading police, hit and run, and vehicle theft. The $150,000 ambulance was totaled; the condition of the up to $75,000 worth of equipment inside was unclear. The patient from earlier in the morning found different transportation to the hospital and is expected to be OK. (Cops say a drunk New York college student was arrested for DUI in a stolen ambulance last month.)

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