Shirtless patient leads police on chase in stolen ambulance in the IE


A patient who police say broke free from restraints and stole an ambulance on Sunday is in custody after leading police on a chase through the Inland Empire.

The pursuit began in Lake Elsinore about 3:30 pm.  A Mission Ambulance Employee told the Press Enterprise that the patient, who was wearing only a pair of pants, confronted the two paramedics inside the vehicle. The paramedics exited the vehicle and the man took the wheel and drove away.

One of the paramedics was cut on her hand during the scuffle.

Authorities followed the ambulance, attempting to use spike strips to stop the ambulance – but, the suspect drove around them.  The ambulance eventually crashed into a fence in Hesperia.

After colliding with the fence, the fled on foot into the desert field where they were spotted by a police helicopter and taken into custody.

There were no reported injuries.