Patient who stole ambulance in DC was arrested

A patient stole an ambulance in Northeast Washington on Saturday morning.

Around 9:30 a.m., an ambulance transporting a patient was involved in an accident in the 200 block of Florida Avenue NE. While the patient was being transferred to a second ambulance, first responders noticed one of the units was moving and spotted a non-authorized individual in the driver’s seat, said Tim Wilson, DC Fire & EMS department spokesman.

The patient, Darren Ethedge, 31, from Northeast Washington drove away in the ambulance, officials said.

Araz Alali, a police spokesman, said officers followed the ambulance about seven blocks until they arrested the driver at the intersection of Mount Olivet Road and Brentwood Parkway in Northeast.

The suspect was taken into custody and is facing auto theft charges, Alali said.

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