Ambulance stolen from Chandler police station. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Cesar Garcia (Source: AZ Dept. of Corrections)
The ambulance was found at the suspect's Guadalupe home. (Source: CBS 5 News)
CHANDLER, AZ (CBS5) -
An Arizona man accused of stealing an ambulance parked outside a Valley police station on Sunday fought with police during his arrest and spit at a nurse trying to treat him, court documents said.
Cesar Garcia, 33, had just been released from custody at the Chandler police station on a misdemeanor citation for having an open beer container at a store at 2075 N. Alma School Rd., according to Chandler police spokesman Joe Favazzo.
"Once released, it appears that Garcia did not want to walk home to the Guadalupe area, so he took off in an ambulance that was parked at the police department," Favazzo said in a statement.
Tempe police officers said they observed Garcia near McClintock and Watson drives.
Chandler police Officer Ashley Lewis said the ambulance was being tracked with a GPS.
"The Tempe Police Department obtained a visual of him heading northbound on the 101 freeway in Guadalupe," Lewis said.
When they tried to pull him over, Garcia fled and drove the ambulance to his Guadalupe home, Favazzo said.
When police tried to arrest him, a scuffle ensued. One officer suffered abrasions to both shins and knees.
Police said Garcia showed signs of alcohol impairment. They also discovered his driving privileges had been revoked.
Garcia was also injured during the struggle and taken to Tempe's St. Luke's Hospital. While he was being treated, he spit in one of the attending nurse's eye, police said.
Following treatment, Garcia was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on charges of theft of means of transportation, aggravated DUI, resisting arrest, two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, unlawful flight, criminal damage and aggravated assault on a healthcare professional.
Police were checking to see why the ambulance had been parked at the station.
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Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-08-26 09:57:06 GMT
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