Suspect steals ambulance and leads police on multi-jurisdictional pursuit

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – A man accused of stealing an ambulance from a Jefferson County hospital has been taken into custody in St. Louis City.

A man, suspected of being under the influence of drugs, was taken to Mercy Jefferson Hospital, according to Crystal City police. After being released, he allegedly stole an empty Valle Ambulance District vehicle which was idling. Paramedics had just taken a patient inside moments before.

The suspect led police on a 70mph chase through the streets of the St. Louis neighborhood. Officers were able to track the ambulance with an installed GPS device.

The driver then rammed 2 patrol cars, Crystal City police said. Strips of studs flatten one of the tires, causing the man to abandon the vehicle on Schirmer Street near Pennsylvania Avenue.

Police eventually tasered the man before taking him into custody.


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