Driver of Stolen Ambulance Injured in Crash After Chase
April 23, 2008
Driver of stolen ambulance injured in crash after chase
Cops say man had been to hospital for suicide threat
By By Ryan Morgan, Daily Camera
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
A man driving a stolen ambulance led police on a chase from Lafayette into Longmont on Tuesday afternoon before crashing, sending him back to the hospital, police said.
Earlier Tuesday, Mickey Stevenson Terry had been taken to Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette by Pridemark Ambulance after he allegedly threatened suicide.
Weld County Undersheriff Margie Martinez said that Weld County sheriff's deputies responded to Terry's hotel room in Del Camino after the sheriff's office received a call that he was threatening to kill himself.
The deputies went to his room, determined that he had committed no crime and didn't meet the threshold to be taken into psychiatric care.
After deputies left, the ambulance at the scene took Terry to the hospital.
But he wasn't there long before being released, Longmont police Sgt. Tim Lewis said.
"He promptly went around to the rear of the hospital and found an ambulance that was off-loading a patient," Lewis said. "When they walked away, he jumped in the front of the ambulance and stole the ambulance from Pridemark."
After the chase, the ambulance hit a car, lost control and crashed outside a gas station, police said.
Passers-by kept Stevenson - who was injured in the crash - from leaving until police arrived, Lewis said.
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