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Female patient stopped by police after driving off with ambulance in Montreal


MONTREAL – A female patient jumped into the front of an ambulance and sped away before being intercepted by Montreal police, the local ambulance service says.

A spokesman for Urgences-Sante says the woman, who appeared intoxicated, was being transported to a treatment centre in the back of the ambulance late Tuesday night when she became agitated.

Francois Labelle says the ambulance driver stopped the vehicle and rushed to help the paramedic in the back, leaving the keys in the ignition.

At that moment, the woman freed herself from a stretcher, jumped into the vehicle’s cab and sped away while the workers were outside the vehicle.

She was stopped by Montreal police a little more than a kilometre away after hitting several vehicles.

Nobody was hurt during the incident and police haven’t said whether the woman is facing charge.

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