A Chicago man has been charged with felony DUI and other moving violations stemming from a multiple vehicle ambulance crash that occurred on Tuesday in north suburban Evanston, according to chicagobreakingnews.com. The case involves a private ambulance being stolen from a nursing home in Chicago, and then erratically being driven north through Evanston until it ran a red light at Chicago Avenue and Dempster Street, causing a six vehicle accident.
The ambulance was reportedly parked unattended and taken from the Clark Manor Nursing Home, 7433 N. Clark Street. The defendant activated the emergency lights and drove off at a high rate of speed.
Charges against the defendant now include aggravated DUI, possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated battery of a police officer, resisting arrest, reckless driving, driving with no license, failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision, and running a red light.
As we reported Tuesday in the Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog, at least two cars that were hit looked to be totaled and as many as eight people were injured. Several victims were taken to area hospitals for treatment. The accident also shut down the busy intersection for several hours.