Written by AARON CASTREJON | CityWatch Editor
REGION – A woman was arrested by Baldwin Park CHP officers after stealing a Los Angeles Fire Department paramedic ambulance and evading authorities on SoCal freeways Tuesday morning.
The unidentified woman stole the ambulance as it sat vacant outside California Hospital Medical Center in Downtown Los Angeles around 12:31 a.m. The woman led the LAPD and CHP on a pursuit, which travelled along the 60 freeway in the San Gabriel Valley until she was taken into custody along the 71 freeway near Central Avenue and Soquel Canyon Road.
A Los Angeles city paramedic crew had just dropped off a seriously-ill patient to the hospital, 1338 S. Hope St. The suspect, a Black woman, then took the 2008 Ford E-Series ambulance, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
CHP officers took over the pursuit on the eastbound 60 freeway at Santa Anita Avenue around 12:47 p.m. according to Officer Tony Polizzi of the California Highway Patrol.
The pursuit ended around 1:16 a.m. on the right shoulder of the 71 freeway near Soquel Canyon Road after the suspect stopped and surrendered.
The paramedic ambulance appears to have not sustained damage, Humphrey said.