Robbery - Theft

East Texas man allegedly steals ambulance, leads police on chase

Armondo Vinaja was accused of stealing the ambulance, leading police on a chase.

Armondo Vinaja was accused of stealing the ambulance, leading police on a chase.

Police in the East Texas city of Palestine spent April Fools’ Day chasing a suspect accused of stealing an ambulance.

The ambulance initially brought 18-year-old Armondo Vinaja to Palestine Regional Medical Center. But when he left the building, police say he got into another ambulance and drove off.

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Speeds topped 100 miles an hour as police chased Vinaja in the ambulance. Police say he even leaned out the ambulance window at one point during the high-speed chase.

The chase came to an end when Vinaja hit a curb and killed the engine. Officers pulled him out of the ambulance and took him into custody.

Vinaja is in the Anderson County Jail on a $155,000 bond. He’s charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, unauthorized use of a vehicle and evading arrest.

No officers were injured during the chase.

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