By MATT COUGHLIN
Bucks County Courier Times
A Morrisville woman delayed a stroke victim from getting to the hospital by stealing an ambulance from in front of the man’s home, according to police.
Police said the stroke victim was in critical condition Friday night and doctors were still evaluating how much his health deteriorated during a delay of about five minutes before a replacement ambulance arrived.
Officers initially went to the 700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue about 1 p.m. because children were playing with the ambulance’s emergency radio while the paramedics were inside. When officers arrived the ambulance was gone. Officer John Aspromonti noticed a red 4-door Pontiac abandoned in the middle of the road and found the car was registered to Andrea L. Smalls, 21, of Clymer Avenue, according to court records.
About 25 minutes later two Lower Makefield detectives spotted the Morrisville Ambulance Squad’s 2002 Ford on northbound Route 1. The detectives and a Falls officer pulled the vehicle over and Smalls was taken into custody at gunpoint, according to court records. Police said Smalls initially refused to speak to anyone, but later, while sitting in a holding cell, she said that she ran out of gas, walked down the street and took the ambulance. When investigators asked why she said only, “I ran out of gas,” according to court records.
Smalls was charged with theft, receiving stolen property, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct. She was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Falcone and sent to Bucks County prison on $300,000 bail.
Matt Coughlin can be reached at 215-949-4172 or mcoughlin@phillyBurbs.com.