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N.M. firefighters chase down ambulance thief

Gonzalo Tellez-Santilla, 34, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated fleeing, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and assault on a healthcare worker

By Ryan Boetel
Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque man was arrested on suspicion of trying to steal an ambulance and ram a truck into police cars.

Gonzalo Tellez-Santilla, 34, was arrested Saturday on aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated fleeing, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and assault on a healthcare worker charges.

The ambulance had been called to the 8600 block of Central to help a person, and when the ambulance crew was gathering gear in the back the ambulance started to drive.

One of the employees jumped out the back and ran to find Tellez-Santilla driving the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.

Santilla and the employee punched each other and Santilla then got out of the ambulance and fled on foot.

Two Albuquerque fire fighters on a call in the area and Transit Security officers saw the incident and chased down Santilla and kept him corralled until police arrived, according to the complaint.

Police said earlier Saturday Tellez-Santilla had been in a car chase with the Isleta Police Department. The officers had attempted to pull Santilla over for driving the wrong way on a road and Tellez-Santilla fled to Albuquerque near Wyoming and Copper SE.

During the pursuit, Tellez-Santilla allegedly tried to run over an officer who tried to deploy a spike belt, and he also tried to ram police cars, according to the complaint.

He is being held on a $33,000 bond in the case, according to jail records.


McClatchy-Tribune News Service
©2014 the Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, N.M.)

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George Beltz George Beltz Tuesday, July 29, 2014 3:33:35 PM Glad he was caught
Christine Carroll Christine Carroll Thursday, July 31, 2014 7:11:03 AM He must have watched Chicago Fire! What a POS!

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