Man leads police on Valley chase after stealing ambulance

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The incident began about 3:35 p.m. and ended when the suspect was arrested by CHP Officer Charles Simco at 4:10. Gnesi was arrested on suspicion of stealing a vehicle and evading the police. Hahn said the suspect had just been released from the hospital, where he sought treatment for leg pain. During the pursuit, which ranged from 40 mph to 90 mph, the right side of the ambulance was scratched and dented when Gnesi hit a concrete guardrail on the right shoulder of the northbound I-5, north of the Rinaldi Street exit. Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Kim Kempton said paramedics had apparently just dropped off a patient at the hospital when Gnesi spied the ambulance and took off. The paramedics reported the vehicle as stolen, and its whereabouts were tracked with its global-positioning satellite system. Assistant Fire Chief Tony Varela said a Los Angeles engine company was the first response agency to spot the stolen vehicle, which was heading north on the San Diego Freeway. VALENCIA – A man who stole an ambulance parked outside a San Fernando Valley hospital surrendered Tuesday afternoon after a pursuit that ended at a Valencia apartment complex. Suspect Yevgeni Gnesi, 20, of Lakewood – just released from Mission Community Hospital in San Fernando – took off in the Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance and spoke to fire officials on the two-way radio as he headed north on the Golden State (5) Freeway. “He was using the ambulance radio, talking to the Fire Department, saying he would give (the ambulance) back to them when he saw his girlfriend,” said Officer Wendy Hahn of the California Highway Patrol. Gnesi’s girlfriend reportedly lives in the Stone Creek apartment complex in Valencia, at McBean Parkway and Arroyo Park Drive. The suspect fled from the northbound 405 to I-5, exiting on McBean and ending up in a no-parking zone at the complex, where he was taken into custody. No one was injured. Resident Erik Lemus said he turned on the TV when he heard the sirens and the buzz of helicopters overhead. “I saw the ambulance on the TV, turning down into this parking lot section,” he said. He promptly whisked away his daughter Alyssa, 10, who sat on the patio, drawing. [email protected] (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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