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Stolen Ambulance Wrecked After Chase

April 23, 2008
Daily Reporter-Herald Publish Date: 4/16/2008 Stolen ambulance wrecked after chase Pierrette J. Shields and Kacia Munshaw Longmont Times-Call LONGMONT — A patient who was discharged from a Lafayette hospital stole an ambulance Tuesday afternoon and led police on a high-speed chase that ended in a wreck at Ken Pratt Boulevard and Sunset Street, according to police. Micky Stevenson Terry, 35, of Park City, Mont., took a Pridemark Paramedic Services ambulance from Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital and sped north on 95th Street, which turns into Hover Street in Longmont, said Sgt. Tim Lewis of the Longmont Police Department. The chase ended in Longmont at about 1:20 p.m. when the ambulance crashed near the Diamond Shamrock gas station at Ken Pratt Boulevard and Sunset Street, police said. Police arrested Terry on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft, reckless driving and eluding, and other traffic offenses, according to the Lafayette police. No one was seriously hurt, although Terry lost consciousness and was taken to Longmont United Hospital. Warned that the speeding ambulance was headed to Longmont, police tried to clear traffic from the path of the ambulance. The vehicle nearly struck a plainclothes detective who was directing traffic at Hover Street and Pike Road. The ambulance continued up Hover Street to Ken Pratt Boulevard at speeds faster than 80 mph, police said. Terry, driving the ambulance with lights on and sirens blaring, lost control at Ken Pratt Boulevard and Sunset Street. According to witnesses, he veered right into a pedestrian median at the intersection to avoid a truck, struck the rear of a Subaru waiting at the light in the northbound lanes of Sunset Street, crossed Sunset, jumped another curb, swerved left across Ken Pratt Boulevard, hit a median and crashed the ambulance, which stopped in some bushes. Terry jumped out of the ambulance and tried to run away, but a man painting parking lot stripes at the gas station grabbed him, according to police and witnesses. “I saw him when he started to run and stopped him,” painter David Hackett said. “I got one of his wrists, and he held out his finger like it was a gun, and I got hold of his other wrist and I held him down.” He released Terry when a Colorado State Patrol trooper caught up and took over. Adam Kaiser, Hackett’s co-worker, said he ran to help, but Hackett didn’t seem to need assistance. Kris Hernbloom, manager of the Diamond Shamrock, said the ambulance was within inches of causing major damage to the gas station. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All contents Copyright © 2008 Daily Reporter-Herald. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed for any commercial purpose.