A man has been taken into custody after stealing an ambulance and causing an accident.
Around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, Portland Police Bureau East Precinct officers were dispatched to Southeast 151st Avenue and Stark Street to check on the welfare of a man who was yelling, standing in traffic and hitting passing cars with an object.
Because of concerns about the man's mental health, an officer in the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team made primary contact. The team specializes in mental health and de-escalation techniques.
Officers were able to convince the man to voluntarily go to the hospital via ambulance. En route, the man took control of the ambulance. Paramedics were not injured, and were not in the ambulance when it drove away.
The ambulance, while being driven by the man, caused a crash with at least three other vehicles at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Washington Street. According to police, there were no serious injuries. The man kept going in the ambulance.
Officers located the ambulance and used a tire-flattening device to stop it. The man stopped in the parking lot of Madison High School and officers were able to take him into custody. He was transported by a different ambulance to the hospital for medical treatment.
According to law enforcement, criminal charges are still being evaluated.
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