Stolen Pa. ambulance crashes after pursuit

An off-duty Reading Fire Department paramedic spotted the ambulance and followed it until state police arrived, officials said


By Laura French

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — An ambulance was stolen in Pennsylvania Monday and crashed while being pursued by state police, officials say. 

Reading Fire Department paramedics were treating a patient at a senior center late Monday morning and discovered the rig missing when they left the building to transport the patient, according to WFMZ

A Reading Fire Department ambulance was stolen during a medical call on Monday and pursued by state police until it crashed.
A Reading Fire Department ambulance was stolen during a medical call on Monday and pursued by state police until it crashed. (Photo/Reading Fire Department)

The rig was later located in another county by an off-duty paramedic who operates it. The paramedic followed the rig on his motorcycle until Pennsylvania State Police arrived and initiated a pursuit. 

The pursuit continued until the rig crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer. A suspect, Raymond Gonzalez, 34, was taken into custody and the ambulance was towed. Fire officials say a second ambulance was quickly sent to transport the original patient and their condition was not adversely affected. 

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