Police: Man hid on roof of building after hitting Boston ambulance

The suspect was removed from the roof with the assistance of Boston firefighters


By Laura French

BOSTON — Police say a man hid on the rooftop of an industrial building after striking a Boston EMS ambulance and fleeing the scene. 

Boston EMTs reported that they were traveling through an intersection with the rig's lights and sirens activated when a vehicle failed to stop and struck the ambulance's rear bumper, causing minor damage, according to Boston police. The EMTs said the driver of the other vehicle fled the scene on foot after the crash. 

Police say a man who struck a Boston EMS ambulance and fled from the scene was located hiding on the rooftop of an industrial building.
Police say a man who struck a Boston EMS ambulance and fled from the scene was located hiding on the rooftop of an industrial building. (Photo/Boston EMS)

Multiple Boston police units, including the BPD K-9 Unit, assisted in the search for the suspect, and eventually located him several blocks away from the crash scene, hiding on the roof of an industrial building, officials say. The suspect, who police identified as Edward Bates, 30, was assisted down from the roof by Boston firefighters and taken into custody. 

Police said there were several "No Trespassing" signs at the building where the suspect was located and that a small bag containing crack cocaine was found in the suspect's wallet. 

Bates faces charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, operating within 300 feet of an ambulance with lights and sirens activated, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, trespassing and possession of Class B drugs.

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