3 injured after teen steals ambulance from Rhode Island fire station and crashes, police say



Three injured after boy steals and crashes ambulance

A thirteen-year-old autistic boy was evaluated at a local fire station when he stole the ambulance and pulled out into the traffic.

Three people were injured after a teenager stole an ambulance from a Rhode Island fire station and collided with a motorcyclist during the dragging of a fireman trying to stop the vehicle on Thursday, police said.

The 13-year-old boy, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism, the rider and Coventry firefighter Scott Brown suffered injuries after the incident, which was captured on dramatic videos, the Boston Globe.

“We are grateful that this incident does not lead to serious injury or loss of life,” Coventry police-Colonel John MacDonald said in a statement.

The boy was taken to the Central Coventry Fire Station #7 Thursday evening after officers met the teenager and his mother in their car parked along the Route 117. The officers tried to calm the “excited and restless” boy taking him to the fire station for the evaluation.

Video released by the police showed the 13-year-old to the fire station to the garage bay. A moment later, the teenager driving the ambulance out of the garage, hitting a police car for the drive on Route 117.


Brown tried to stop the boy, but the doors were closed. He hung on the side of the ambulance for a moment before falling off. A motorcyclist along the road struck the ambulance before the vehicle rolled down an embankment.

MacDonald said that the boy will likely not face any charges. The incident is still under investigation.

“For all professionals who are involved in this incident, it brings into acute focus on the challenges that parents, carers and children experience when dealing with autism and other disabilities,” MacDonald said. “It also reminds us of the difficulties our police officers and firefighters face in the assessment and treatment of persons suffering from mental disorders.”

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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