- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a patient who stole an ambulance then crashed it in a chase with Los Angeles police has been charged with carjacking and other crimes.

City News Service reports that 21-year-old Mohamed Zahir is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on two counts of carjacking and one count each of attempted carjacking and fleeing police causing serious bodily injury.

Prosecutors say paramedics strapped Zahir to a gurney Sunday night after he told them he’d taken the synthetic drug “spice.”

They say he unbuckled himself and tried to get into a woman’s car then ran back to the ambulance, got behind the wheel and drove away while paramedics jumped out.

Police say they chased Zahir until he crashed into a minivan. He could get 16 years and two months in prison.

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