Did They Forget To Lock It?
A THIEF FOUND AN UNATTENDED AMR ambulance in a Billings, Montana, restuarant parking lot Saturday night and seized the moment …. and the ambulance.
Police aren't sure yet what events led up to the taking of the unit, but they say around 9:45 pm Cody Lee Paine, of no fixed address, climbed into the cab and drove away.
The Billings Gazette continues:
A high-speed chase that started Saturday night with a stolen ambulance in Billings ended about 75 miles away in Big Horn County with a man in custody and only slightly injured after the vehicle rolled on I-90 at 10:45 p.m., according to the Montana Highway Patrol.
During (the one-hour pursuit), Paine drove erratically at speeds between 40 and 100 mph and refused to stop for officers, trooper Toman Baukema said.
Paine, 29, was driving east in the westbound lane of I-90 near mile marker 525, about 25 miles southeast of Hardin, when he rolled the ambulance to the outside of the interstate with law enforcement officers close behind, Baukema said.
A Bureau of Indian Affairs officer had deployed a spike strip on the interstate head of Paine, but Baukema said it was unclear Saturday night if the suspect crashed because he hit the spikes or because he swerved to miss them.
Paine, who had responsibly buckled his seat belt, was only slightly injured and taken into custody without any resistance.
Read the full story in the Gazette HERE.
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