A 137-mile police chase across New York state ended Sunday with the stolen ambulance parked in a harbor and the alleged thief in arrest.
One of Kunkel Ambulance’s ambulances was stolen from the firm’s location in Utica, east of Syracuse, during a post-shift cleaning on Sunday morning at roughly 10:30 a.m. ET, according to the firm. When the vehicle was seized, there was no personnel in it.
Kunkel Ambulance said it promptly notified police of the theft and worked with them to track down the stolen ambulance using GPS.
The New York State Police claimed they helped the Utica Police Department with the high-speed chase. At 10:42 a.m. ET, state troopers attempted to halt the stolen vehicle on the New York State Thruway, but the driver refused to stop.
Troopers eventually observed the ambulance traveling west on Interstate 490 but were unable to stop it when the fleeing driver exited at Culver Road in Rochester.
The driver swam to a nearby private boat and was subsequently apprehended by authorities. At the scene, the guy was treated for his injuries. The charges are still pending.
Crews worked for over an hour to retrieve the vehicle from the water.
Authorities have not yet revealed the identity of the suspect or provided any information about a probable motivation.