Police were called just after 6 p.m. to respond to a reported ambulance theft at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Officers found the missing NORCAL Ambulance vehicle about 3 miles from the hospital, near the intersection of E Bianchi Road and Townehome Drive. Police said that when authorities tried to stop the vehicle, the driver refused, instead leading them on a 10-mile chase.
Officers ended their pursuit for safety reasons after the ambulance thief took the vehicle onto the northbound lanes of Interstate 5, police said. Troopers with the California Highway Patrol took over the chase, following the ambulance until the driver made a U-turn in the center median of I-5 near Walnut Grove, officials said.