Stolen ambulance in Chicago: CFD vehicle driven in 70-mile police chase deemed a ‘total loss’

Stolen ambulance in Chicago: CFD vehicle driven in 70-mile police chase deemed a ‘total loss’

CHICAGO (TOC) — The ambulance stolen from a Chinatown firehouse that led a virtually 80-mile police chase has been deemed a complete loss by metropolis inspectors.

The ambulance was stolen Monday afternoon and pushed for 2 hours and practically 80 miles, as police used varied ways to attempt to cease it, together with rumble strips, which led to a smoking wheel rim for elements of the chase.

The Chicago Fireplace Division stated Thursday the Chicago Division of Property, Data and Providers inspected the ambulance and deemed it a “whole loss” and it “might be stripped out and scrapped.”

After the preliminary incident Monday, the ambulance was placed on a flatbed and secured in a single day in Coal Metropolis. The following day it was placed on a flatbed and pushed to an AIS facility at 68th Avenue and Wentworth Avenue, the place it was inspected.

The hearth division has been advised that, after an inspection and estimate of restore prices, the ambulance might be decommissioned as an entire loss and won’t be repaired.

The person accused of main officers on that wild pursuit by way of the town and suburbs in a stolen Chicago ambulance appeared in courtroom Wednesday.

Benjamin Herrington, 46, shuffled into the courtroom Wednesday morning shackled and carrying a inexperienced jumpsuit.WATCH: Driver of stolen ambulance waves at police, seems to contemplate stopping

Herrington addressed the courtroom and requested for a public defender to be assigned to his case and for permission to go keep together with his mom in St. Louis, if he is capable of publish bond.

The Grundy County state’s legal professional’s workplace stated Thursday that Herrington’s mom has requested that he be barred from coming to her home, if he’s freed on bond.

A Grundy Court docket choose set bond at $20,000 for Herrington, who’s charged with fleeing and eluding police whereas in possession of a stolen automobile.

“As soon as we’re capable of consider all of the proof and see what else occurred, extra fees could be added at a future date,” Grundy County State’s Legal professional Jason Helland stated.

WATCH: Driver arrested for stealing ambulance after police chase

Shortly after leaping off a Carbondale-bound Amtrak prepare on Monday afternoon, Herrington was seen on surveillance video driving off in an unattended ambulance parked outdoors Chinatown’s hearth station. He reportedly was attempting to get to his mom’s home close to St. Louis.

After a virtually two-hour, 80-mile chase, Herrington lastly pulled over close to Dwight, the place he was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies.

Whereas the preliminary theft occurred in Cook dinner County and the arrest was in Livingston, it was Grundy County that took him into custody and is now prosecuting the case.

“What the Illinois courts have dominated is that it is one act, one crime,” Helland stated, “as a result of it is a steady act of fleeing and eluding from Cook dinner County, Will, Grundy, then to Livingston County,”

Herrington, who’s a licensed Illinois legal professional, acknowledged in courtroom that he suffers from despair and normal nervousness. He agreed to bear psychological well being remedy and take any prescribed medicine as a situation of bond.

Stating that he’s unemployed and not sure that he’ll be capable of give you the $2,000 he’s required to publish, Herrington requested for his case be sped up. His subsequent courtroom date has been set for Thursday morning. If convicted he faces as much as seven years in jail, however may additionally obtain probation.

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