The driver of a stolen ambulance led officers on a chase of more than 50 miles through three Bay Area counties on Monday evening, the California Highway Patrol said.
The ambulance was finally abandoned in Oakland, and the thief fled on foot and escaped.
The chase began around 7 p.m. when the ambulance, which had been left unoccupied, was taken from near 47th Avenue and Irving Street in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset neighborhood.
Police officers tried to stop it near 19th Avenue but it headed onto Interstate 280. The CHP took over the pursuit as the ambulance headed south on I-280, then east on Highway 92 and across the San Mateo Bridge.
From there the chase headed north on Interstate 880. The ambulance exited at High Street in Oakland and traveled about two miles on surface streets before stopping at 12th Street and 17th Avenue. The driver got out and ran.
According to San Francisco Deputy Police Chief Raj Vaswani, the suspect had not been found as of 9:45 p.m. Monday, and the investigation was ongoing.
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