Man steals ambulance, leads local officers on chase

Taylor Patterson

Man steals ambulance, leads local officers on chase

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (KWTX) A man who tried unsuccessfully to steal a police squad car and then took a Harker Heights ambulance instead ended up in a chase early Tuesday with local officers that ended in a crash.

Taylor Patterson, 22, whom police identified as a Fort Hood soldier, was in the Bell County Jail Tuesday.

Fort Hood confirmed that Patterson is a specialist from the 615th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division.

He was arrested following a chase that started with an attempt to steal the patrol car at around 4 a.m. Tuesday after officers responded to a report of an unresponsive man in a vehicle behind a business in the 2000 block of Memory Lane in Harker Heights.

Officers called paramedics “due to the apparent intoxication of the individual,” police said in a press release, and the man was taken into custody for public intoxication.

Officers handcuffed him, put him in the rear of a patrol car, and fastened the seat belt as they prepared to take him to the Bell County Jail, but at some point the man slipped out of the seatbelt and then managed to work his cuffed hands from behind his back, police said.

“He then defeated the locked prisoner screen and unsuccessfully attempted to obtain the vehicle shotgun from its locked rack, but managed to discharge the shotgun in the patrol car,” authorities said.

Then he escaped from the patrol car and stole the Harker Heights Fire Department ambulance, colliding with patrol vehicles as he sped onto U.S. Highway 190 headed toward Belton with officers in pursuit.

Police scanners crackled with radio calls during the chase as the driver of the stolen ambulance was talking with the officers who were pursuing him.

He told them he was heavily armed and had been trained by the Army as a Special Forces soldier. Read More

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