Arrest Made After Ambulance Was Stolen

May 20, 2012 Updated May 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM EDT

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Arrest Made After Ambulance Was Stolen

May 20, 2012 Updated May 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( release ) Buffalo police, working with Amherst police and ECMC police, have made an arrest in a incident involving a stolen ambulance from the ECMC ER ramp.

The incident occurred at approximately 6:30am Sunday morning.

Authorities have arrested a 37 year old female patient at ECMC and charged her Reckless Endangerment, Grand larceny, criminal possession of a stolen vehicle and other charges.

Police say she made off with the Rural Metro ambulance as it was parked at the ER ramp at ECMC.

ECMC police immediately began to pursue the vehicle, that was apparently traveling at a high rate of speed.

Officers say the ambulance almost struck several pedestrians and vehicles in the vicinity of Bailey Avenue and Kensington and Suffolk Avenue and Kensington.

Police say eventually she lost control of the ambulance at 2043 Kensington, where the vehicle came to rest. Authorities say damage's could in the tens of thousands of dollars but it appears there were no major injuries.

On Sunday, Eyewitness News received a statement from ECMC:

Early this morning, a patient was brought to ECMC by Buffalo police. The patient appeared to be intoxicated and had an injury. While awaiting medical evaluation, the patient fled the emergency room and drove off in an ambulance. ECMC police pursued the vehicle and called Amherst and Cheektowaga police to assist in apprehending the individual.