Stolen Elite EMS ambulance crashes into downtown Flint building after chase

A stolen Elite EMS ambulance crashed into this building at Fifth and Saginaw streets in Flint on Tuesday.
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FLINT (WJRT) (4/16/2019) - An Elite EMS ambulance is a total loss after a Flint man crashed it into a building after allegedly stealing it and crashing it into a downtown building.

The ambulance was stolen around 11:30 p.m. or midnight in the 2600 block of Corunna Road, according to Elite EMS Chief Operating Officer Lazslo Kappel.

The Flint Police Department was called to investigate when witnesses reported it driving recklessly around the Evergreen Regency Apartments on Lippincott Boulevard between Dort Highway and Center Road.

Responding officers learned the ambulance was stolen and attempted to pull it over, but the driver sped away. Flint police, Michigan State Police and the Genesee County Sheriff's Office gave chase for 10 to 15 minutes.

The chase ended when the driver crashed into a building at Fifth and Saginaw streets in downtown Flint. Police arrested the driver immediately after the crash.

The driver was taken to the Genesee County Jail, where he complained of neck pain and was transported to Hurley Medical Center. Police are seeking several felony charges against the suspect, who was not identified.

Kappel said the incident reduces Elite's fleet to only five ambulances.

He said the crew left the engine running, which is standard protocol to protect computer systems and sensitive medication, but the company policy requires them to lock the doors. Police have not said how the suspect got inside.