SAN FRANCISCO—A San Francisco Fire Department ambulance was stolen around 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6, according to fire officials and police, as reported by ABC7. The stolen ambulance crashed on the Treasure Island exit of the Bay Bridge.
The vehicle was stolen as medical personnel responded to a minor medical emergency at the Ambassador Hotel at 55 Mason Street.
When medical personnel exited the building with the patient, the ambulance was gone. The patient was later treated at a hospital for a minor injury, according to the SF Gate.
The suspect fled the scene in the ambulance and drove onto the Bay Bridge heading east. San Francisco Police Department Spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan told the press that police pursued the suspect and exited the bridge onto Treasure Island.
According to Gatpandan, and reported by ABC7, the suspect then lost control of the vehicle and crashed on the side of the road. Officers were able to detain the suspect.
The California Highway Patrol is assisting officers with the investigation. The CHP issued a Sig-alert and closed the Treasure Island Interstate 80 eastbound off-ramp as well as two lanes of the highway on the Bay Bridge, causing some delays during the Tuesday morning commute. The off-ramp was re-opened around 10:15 a.m.
The suspect has been identified as a woman, who sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash. Her name has not yet been disclosed to the public.