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Reported psych patient steals ambulance and leads Houston police on chase

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

A very bizarre scene on Houston streets Tuesday night that included a stolen Houston Fire Department Ambulance and ended with a police chase.

It all started around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evening when the Houston Fire Department answered a call about a man acting irrational at the Stripes convenience store in the southside of Houston at Highway 288 and FM 2234.

When they arrived on the scene the man got aggressive and that's when the Houston Police were dispatched to the scene.

But before police arrived the man ran outside the store and jumped into the ambulance and sped off.

Houston Police were able to track the ambulance via GPS.  Officer caught up with him about 15 minutes later in the Shadowcreek Pearland area.

The man was driving the ambulance with two blown out tires.  Police aren't sure how that happened but he did eventually pull over for officers.

When he stopped he first refused to come out.  HPD Lt. Larry Crowson told FOX 26 "when he did come out he coughed up some white chunks, which later tested positive for crack cocaine."

The man, who has yet to named, was taken into custody at the scene and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

At this time the Houston Fire Department is commenting exactly how the man gained access so easily to the ambulance.

 

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