Man steals LAFD ambulance sent to help him, pursuit ensues
A man being treated by paramedics stole an ambulance and led police on a pursuit that ended in a traffic collision, sending two women to the hospital
By Julie Cart
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — A man being treated by paramedics stole a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance and led police on a chase that ended in a traffic collision, sending two women to the hospital Sunday night.
Paramedics responded to a medical call in the 200 block of North San Pedro street in downtown L.A. about 6:30 p.m., and then the man drove off in the ambulance, according to the LAFD's Katherine Main.
The paramedics were not in the ambulance at the time, Main said.
A fire engine also responding to the original call reported the stolen ambulance, Los Angeles police said.
Officers then began a pursuit that ended when the ambulance crashed into a vehicle at the intersection of Beverly Boulevard and Union Avenue about 7:15, according to Sgt. Gia Rueda of the LAPD.
Two women in the car were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Rueda said.
The suspect, whose name was not released, was taken into custody at the Rampart Station.
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