Patient jumps out of one D.C. ambulance, steals second ambulance

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - When a D.C. ambulance had a traffic accident Saturday morning, the patient on board jumped out and stole a second ambulance that had arrived to help.

After a short chase, D.C. police caught the man, Darren Ethedge, 31, of northeast Washington, who was allegedly under the influence of PCP.

The first ambulance had a minor accident with a vehicle at Second Street and Florida Avenue NE, according to a statement from DC Fire/EMS. There were no injuries.

Chief Kenneth Ellerbe had issued an order last month that states: "Effective immediately, all D.C. Fire and EMS apparatus and vehicles that are parked or standing in public areas shall not be left running unattended."

This incident will be reviewed and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken, the statement says.