Videos of an hour-long police chase involving a shirtless Philadelphia man who stole an ambulance Friday night sparked a big reaction online from locals and nation-wide.
Authorities arrived at the Roosevelt Inn in Northeast Philadelphia around 9:30 p.m. responding to a domestic disturbance that required medical attention, reported ABC News. The man involved in the disturbance became aggressive with the police, jumped in one of the medic units that arrived at the motel, and started driving.
The 40-year-old man, dressed in nothing but a pair of boxer shorts, began driving straight towards one of the cops, who opened fire on the ambulance. Four shots were fired and the thief was struck in the leg. The cop was partially hit by the vehicle. Both parties’ injuries were not life-threatening, and the ambulance thief continued to drive.
The chase ended around 10:40 pm when the police finally stopped the ambulance and took the suspect into custody where he was first treated for his gunshot wounds. No civilians appear to have been hurt in the chase by this time. A tow truck that came within the ambulance’s path belonged to police.
Viral videos of the incident then circulated online, reactions came from the Philly area and across the country.
I watched a police chase in Philly last night where the dude stole an ambulance. This chase went on for quite a while and the dude had some serious driving skills….getting out of several roadblocks and out running a tow truck.
Never change Philadelphia.
— 👁Mike Santorro👁 (@MikeSantorro) February 29, 2020
I am sitting here watching a police chase of a stolen ambulance in Philly but he sure isn’t driving it like it was stolen! He was driving sooo slow and yet they still couldn’t stop him! 🤣 pic.twitter.com/KpALIi16VM
— Kerry (@KerryLynS130) February 29, 2020
How did my friday night go??? I watched an HOUR ambulance chase on the news and let me tell you something… it was so ENTERTAINING lmao some guy STOLE an ambulance and probably was the greatest driver ever bro
— Olivia♡Saw Queen (@dancingqueenrog) February 29, 2020