Combative patient causes standoff inside Wash. ambulance

The AMR crew did not know what was in the patient's bag and could not restrain him so they pulled over and left the ambulance

By Savannah Eadens

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A man who was being taken to a hospital caused a ruckus on Interstate 5 north in Vancouver on Thursday night, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff’s deputies and Washington State Patrol were called just before 11 p.m. after the patient — Joseph Webb, 37, of Kelso — became “combative” inside the American Medical Response ambulance and reached for his bag.

The medics didn’t know what was inside Webb’s bag and couldn’t restrain him, so they pulled over and got out of the ambulance for their safety.

For about half an hour, Webb was in a standoff with law enforcement, “intermittently peeking out through the back doors of the ambulance,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies ultimately negotiated with him until he surrendered. He was taken to a hospital in a different ambulance.

No one was hurt, the sheriff’s office said. It’s unclear why Webb originally was being transported by ambulance or whether he will face charges for the standoff with deputies.

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