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Updated: April 20, 2014 6:30AM



A Gary man stole a Prompt Ambulance that was waiting for a dialysis patient Tuesday afternoon in Gary and led police on a chase through northern Lake County that ended in Chicago.

Edwin Herrera, 34, was taken into custody without incident by Chicago Police in the area of 9015 Mackinaw St., Chicago. Charges are pending in Lake County and in Illinois.

Prompt Ambulance Services CEO Gary Miller said at about 12:30 p.m. an ambulance was waiting outside a dialysis clinic near 32nd Avenue and Grant Street. The driver left the ambulance and went inside to see if the patient was ready. While he was inside, a man jumped inside the ambulance and drove off.

Miller said the ambulance is equipped with a GPS, so it was easy to track its location to notify police. The suspect drove the ambulance through Gary, Griffith, East Chicago, Hammond, Whiting and into Chicago.

Police started tracking the ambulance via GPS near Ridge Road and Cline Avenue and followed it north on Cline Avenue. The ambulance exited Cine onto westbound Chicago Avenue, and Lake County Police Officer Ron Taylor began pursuing it as it turned north onto Indianapolis Boulevard.

Taylor pursued the ambulance into Illinois, where he was joined by Chicago Police officers. The ambulance turned into a grassy field at 9015 Mackinaw St. and came to a stop.

Miller said the pursuit lasted about 30 minutes and Herrera was captured without incident. No one was injured and Miller said the ambulance wasn’t damaged.

Miller said the dialysis patient didn’t suffer any issues due to the stolen ambulance and another ambulance was sent to pick him up.



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