In a strange incident reported Wednesday, someone stole an AMR Northwest ambulance in downtown Vancouver, police said, and during the resulting chase an officer’s patrol car collided with an SUV. No serious injuries were reported after the crash, said Officer Ilia Botvinnik with the Vancouver Police Department.
The series of events began about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, when the ambulance and firefighters were sent to a medical emergency at 512 E. 16th St., said Capt. Kevin Murray with the Vancouver Fire Department.
Less than 15 minutes later, police were alerted that someone had stolen the ambulance and driven it away with its lights flashing, Botvinnik said.
Minutes later, a marked police car that was responding to the stolen ambulance call collided with an SUV at 15th and C streets, Botvinnik said.
As for the stolen ambulance, it was found abandoned at McLoughlin Boulevard and Brandt Road about 10 minutes after it was stolen.
Botvinnik said officers put a tracking dog on the thief’s trail, but the effort was unsuccessful.
The suspect is believed to be a transient who is known to the authorities, according to a police news release.