Ambulance involved in Sunday's pursuit is 'significantly damaged'

A spokeswoman said there's significant front-end damage.

Posted: Sep 18, 2018 6:16 PM

RICE HILL, Ore. -- The ambulance involved in a Sunday afternoon pursuit is significantly damaged, a spokeswoman with Metro West Ambulance said.  

Jan Lee said there's significant front-end damage to the vehicle, which is owned by Bay Cities Ambulance, a partner of Metro West Ambulance

RELATED: Woman accused of stealing ambulance, ramming patrol car in Roseburg

She said medics were in downtown Roseburg Sunday on SE Jackson Street treating a patient who was in critical condition.

Because it was an emergency, Lee said they left the ambulance running and unlocked. Christy Woods, 37, is accused of stealing the ambulance.

"The EMT went back to grab more supplies out of the vehicle, and when he opened up the vehicle and stuff, (Woods) had gotten in the front. (The EMT) was in the back."

Lee said the EMT hopped out and ran around to the front, but it was too late. She said Woods had already revved up the engine and was on her way.

Lee said fortunately they were still able to treat the patient.

"Of course, you know, we had all of our kits and were able to continue care for the patient and immediately sent another unit to transport," Lee said.

Court documents claim Woods started up Interstate 5 north and eventually rammed an Oregon State Police patrol car at 85 mph.

Captain Timothy Fox, a spokesperson with Oregon State Police, said the patrol car is a total loss.

Woods faces a long list of charges including assault, reckless driving and attempting to ellude.

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