Police: Patient Steals Ambulance, Leads Officers On Chase

Mickey Terry Released From Hospital Just Before Crime Spree

A man released from a Lafayette hospital is accused of a crime spree that started as soon as he walked out the door.

Mickey Stevenson Terry jumped into an awaiting ambulance outside of Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital Tuesday afternoon and took it for a high-speed ride, police said.

A security officer called police, who tried to pulled over the driver a short distance away. As officers approached, the Pridemark ambulance sped away with its lights and siren on, driving 80 to 100 mph, as other unknowing drivers yielded the right away, police said.

The ambulance came within about 2 feet of hitting an officer on foot who tried to stop cross traffic so the ambulance wouldn't hit those drivers, Longmont police Sgt. Time Lewis said.

The chase went through Boulder to Longmont, and after officers called off the pursuit, the ambulance came to a clogged intersection on Colorado 119 and Sunset.

The suspect tried to turn the ambulance around but he lost control, hit a stopped vehicle at the light, jumped a raised median, and ran over a street sign, police said. The ambulance continued off the road, through a lawn until it hit a lanscaping area filled with boulders and broke an axle.

Terry jumped out and tried to run away, but a passer-by grabbed him and waited for the state patrol and Longmont officers to take him in to custody, Lewis said.

Officers arrested Terry and then took him to another hospital because he had passed out. The 35-year-old suspect is being guarded at Longmont United Hospital and had a guard with him when he was transported.

"We didn't want another ambulance driving away," Lewis said.

Terry also suffered leg and rib injuries.

He was taken into custody on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft, reckless driving and eluding.

Lewis said Terry had originally been taken to a hospital from Weld County on an "unstable mental health hold." Terry was released from Exempla at about 1 p.m. after doctors talked to him about mental health issues and found him competent. Terry jumped in the ambulance while its crew was taking another patient inside the emergency room, Lewis said.

Terry is from Montana but Lewis did not know his hometown, or why he was in Colorado, or a possible motive for the alleged theft.