EMS workers say patient stole ambulance during ride to Eskenazi

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By Lindy Thackston

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 15, 2015) - Two Indianapolis EMS workers say the patient they were transporting to Eskenazi Health early Saturday morning stole the ambulance mid-ride and took off, leading IMPD officers on a chase for about 10 miles.

Carl Rochelle, the EMS Public Information Officer, says the patient started to get unruly during the ride on Michigan Street to the hospital.

An IMPD officer happened to be driving behind the ambulance, so the ambulance driver pulled over and the worker in the back got out to tell the officer what was happening.

Rochelle says that's when the patient unhooked himself from the gurney and jumped into the front of the ambulance and the driver got out, fearing for her safety.

The patient took off and the officer gave chase.

Officers eventually put out stop sticks. The man hit the sticks and pulled into oncoming traffic and into the Waffle House parking lot on South Lynhurst Drive near the Indianapolis International Airport.

He was arrested and taken to the hospital to be checked out as a precaution.

Rochelle says a lieutenant immediately picked up the EMS workers and they were not hurt. Another ambulance was put into service right away so emergency care coverage was not affected.

Rochelle says he's only seen this happen twice in more than twenty years on the job. The first time was late last year when a man stole an ambulance and ended up on a golf course.

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