A Sterling man is facing multiple charges after police say he stole an ambulance from CGH Medical Center on Saturday and crashed it.
According to a post on the center’s Facebook page, a patient ran away from the CGH Emergency Department and proceeded to steal an ambulance from the hospital’s property.
Officials say the patient drove the ambulance onto Locust Street in Sterling, where he lost control and struck another vehicle, causing the ambulance to roll over near the corner of Locust and 10th Street.
They say both drivers involved were taken to the medical center for evaluation, but they did not appear to have suffered any serious injuries.
Police have now identified the driver of the ambulance as 26-year-old Pedro T. Galindo III of Sterling.
They say he ran from the scene but was found in the 900 block of Avenue C. and transported to the Whiteside County Jail after being treated for his injuries.
Galindo III is charged with felony theft of an ambulance, aggravated battery, obstructing identification and disobeying a stop sign.