Woman Leads Officers on High-Speed Pursuit After Stealing Ambulance

(ReliableNews.org) – It’s not unusual for police officers to chase suspected criminals. A woman in Georgia took it a step further when she decided to run away from the cops in a stolen ambulance. Now, she’s in jail.

On September 19, around 1:20 a.m. local time, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call about a stolen ambulance. Deputies spotted the vehicle driving along I-75 southbound near Macon. They tried to pull it over but the driver wouldn’t stop.

The alleged driver, 58-year-old Andrea Bryant, reached speeds of between 86 and 88 miles per hour. She reportedly got onto I-475 and deputies deployed stop sticks. She ran over them and two of the ambulance’s tires deflated. Bryant allegedly drove about another mile with the damaged vehicle before stopping.

Once the suspect stopped, officers said she got out and ran away. Law enforcement was able to catch up to her and take her into custody a short time later. Police arrested Bryant on charges in Monroe County of speeding in excess of maximum limits, fleeing/attempting to elude, and failure to maintain a lane. She was also charged in Henry County with stealing an ambulance.

In unrelated incidents, two ambulances were stolen from hospitals in the New Orleans area. The first theft happened on September 15 after emergency responders dropped a patient off. The Tulane University Police Department saw the ambulance the next morning and chased it. Eventually, the driver crashed. The suspect or suspects escaped.

The second theft happened on September 19 when another emergency vehicle was stolen from the Ochsner Medical Center. That ambulance had a GPS tracker, which enabled agents with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police to track it near I-55. Officers pulled the van over and arrested a suspect. The vehicle was not damaged in any way. Police think the thefts were not related.

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