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Police: Woman Steals Ambulance; Says She Was Late For Work

April 4, 1989

MIAMI (AP) _ A woman who said she was late for work stole an ambulance and struck another car before she was stopped, according to authorities.

″I couldn’t believe it,″ said Eduardo Fabregas, who was left by the road Monday with two other paramedics and a patient who had complained of respiratory problems.

″The truck was rolling right away from us,″ Fabregas said, ″I thought it was a joke, I thought it was some other fireman pulling a joke on us, taking it around the corner, or something.″

The Miami Fire Department ambulance was parked with its motor running when 32-year-old Aurelia Small jumped in and took off, police said.

She sideswiped a station wagon before she was forced off the road by police about 30 blocks away.

Ms. Small then told authorities she had stolen the ambulance because she was in a rush to get to work on time, Miami fire spokeswoman Vicki Wade said. However, records show the woman has no job.

Ms. Small was charged with auto theft, preventing and obstructing extinguishment of fires, and driving without a license.

The truck sustained an estimated $1,000 in damage, fire officials said.

Another ambulance was dispatched to take the patient to the hospital.

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