Police: Woman stole ambulance, crashed after pursuit

Officials say the rig was stolen from a hospital and crashed in a field a short while later


By Laura French

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — An Indiana woman is accused of stealing an ambulance from a hospital and then crashing it after a short police pursuit.

The 25-year-old woman allegedly took the Trans-Care ambulance from Terre Haute Regional Hospital late Monday night and was spotted driving the rig by county deputies, initiating a pursuit that reached speeds of more than 80 miles per hour, according to the Tribune-Star.

The woman lost control of the rig after hitting stop sticks and crashed in a nearby field. Police said the woman was discovered to have a self-inflicted knife wound to her arm and that an Indiana State Patrol trooper used a tourniquet to control the bleeding.

The suspect was taken to a different hospital and is being treated for injuries that are not life-threatening. Criminal charges in the case are pending and the woman’s identity has not been released due to police department policy.

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