PRINCE GEORGE'S CO., MD -- A Temple Hills man is in custody and facing charges in two Maryland counties after leading police on a 90-minute chase in an ambulance he stole from an area hospital Friday morning.
William Duron Person, 43, is charged with auto theft and malicious destruction of property in Prince George's County. He will also face several traffic offenses in Charles County.
Officials said Person had been taken to Prince George's County Hospital Center overnight after police found him injured and acting erratically. He was discharged around 6:00 a.m. and police said that he climbed into an empty ambulance and sped off.
"That vehicle was traveling, not at an outrageous rate of speed, but obviously it was in the hands of someone it should not be in," said Prince George's County Police Department (PGPD) Chief Hank Stawinski.
Police were able to track the ambulance through a GPS device installed in the vehicle and started following it as it headed into Charles County.
Stawinski said they eventually laid out stop sticks, a way to deflate tires on vehicles.
"Despite that, Mr. Person continued to drive that ambulance with no tires and this creating sparks, it’s creating fire, it’s creating more chaos," added Stawinski.
The chase eventually came to an end near the intersection of Allentown Rd. and Camp Springs Ave. Stawinski said the ambulance clipped the cruiser of a Charles County Sheriff's deputy.
"At which point, he took action to make the vehicle stop. Charles County sheriff’s officers, Prince George’s County police officers then moved in and made apprehension," said Stawinski.
Following his arrest, Person was taken to the hospital again for treatment. He was since been discharged, but was released into police custody.