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New York Patient Steals, Crashes Ambulance

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A 37-year-old woman is facing some serious charges after taking off with a Rural Metro Ambulance and crashing it into a parking lot wall in Amherst early Sunday morning.

"It was quite exciting for 6:30 in the morning," says Paul Vanderbush, a witness to the crash.

Rural Metro says the ambulance involved in the crash looks like it may be a total loss.

"I was on my way for coffee, I stopped at the intersection of Harlem and Wehrle and there were a bunch of police cars coming into the intersection and ambulances are all over the place," says Vanderbush.

A bizarre morning when officials say a drunk 37-year-old woman waiting to be admitted at ECMC takes off with an ambulance on the hospital ramp, speeding through town, until crashing at the round-a-bout at Kensington and Harlem.

"The entire front of the ambulance was pretty well smashed in. She came through the landscaping and broke a big pot and from the damage going into the intersection it looked like she had jumped the beginning of it," says Vanderbush.

The flower bed in the round-a-bout was freshly planted just the other day.

"The town did a lot of work on it and they have some volunteers that help out and they just put in top soil and the flowers and trimmed the plants and cleaned it up so nice," says Vanderbush.

Vanderbush says it's a good thing it was a Sunday Morning.

"If this had been a week day it would have been terrible someone would have got hit."

By the afternoon the mess was mostly cleaned up, but for anyone who saw it, it won't be easily forgotten.

"There was no other traffic on this street there was no one else around and all the sudden this parade of police cars and ambulances and all that and they tied up the intersection for quite some time until they cleaned the mess up. But I hope the lady is alright," says Vanderbush.

The woman, whose name hasn't been released, is being charged with reckless endangerment, grand larceny, criminal possession of a stolen vehicle and other charges.

She remains at ECMC in stable condition.

Copyright WIVB.com



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