Woman Arrested After Stealing Ambulance, Crashing Into Police Cruiser And Injuring An Officer In Fort Pierce
Fort Pierce police say a woman is under arrest after stealing an ambulance and crashing into a police cruiser.
The wreck happened at Royal Palm Drive and S. 19th Street near Virginia Avenue.
A St. Lucie County Fire Chief said, paramedics were on a call at an apartment complex in the 600 block of Avenue B when a 29 year-old woman of Fort Pierce jumped into the ambulance and took off.
“When we’re working a scene, we leave them unlocked. The whole point is for us to respond quickly. We’re looking at our security procedures right now,” said the St. Lucie County Fire Chief..
The chief said, his crew was coming down the elevator with a patient when they heard some chatter on the scanner about a stolen ambulance. The crew joked with one another wondering if maybe it was theirs.
“We got downstairs, some residents were pointing and saying, someone got into your truck. By the time they got to the unit, the sirens were turned on and the lights were turned on,” he said.
Fort Pierce police were called and spotted the ambulance along U.S. 1. A brief pursuit ended along S. 19th Street and Royal Palm Drive.
As police attempted to block the ambulance in, they said the 29-year-old woman hit a patrol car as an officer was getting out of it. That officer was critically injured and is currently receiving medical attention at a hospital in Fort Pierce.
“I think it’s crazy. I mean, who’d steal an ambulance? You’ve got to be dumb,” said a 34-year-old man who lives at the corner where the crash happened.
Police officials said, they managed to get another ambulance to their patient quickly, but this case makes him mad.
“”You’re impacting patient care, the safety of the public. That’s a whole new level of trouble and I hope the State Attorney’s Office considers that.”
The 29-year-old woman has a prior criminal history including forgery, burglary, and prostitution. She faces a number of charges in this case including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding, and grand theft
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in injuries. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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