Woman tries to steal ambulance, threatens paramedic with machete, police report

Published 6:45 am Monday, August 10, 2020

A woman in Mississippi is accused of attempting to steal an ambulance and charging a paramedic with a machete.

The suspect began driving the vehicle Saturday night in Tupelo as medics were attending to a patient near the ambulance, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported.

A paramedic was able to reach into the ambulance and turn off the engine, stopping the woman from driving it. She then exited the vehicle and charged a medic with a machete before running away, said Tupelo police spokesperson Capt. Chuck McDougald.

The suspect was captured by authorities a short time later. There were no injuries, the newspaper reported.

The woman faces misdemeanor charges. Authorities did not immediately identify her.