It started as a routine run: An ambulance dispatched to ferry a seriously injured car-accident victim to the hospital.
But the trip quickly became extraordinary: The patient assaulted two paramedics and tried to steal the ambulance before police officers responding to the medics' call for help Tasered the patient to regain control, said Frank Keel, a spokesman for the firefighters' union, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22.
The incident happened about 5:30 a.m. this morning on Erie Avenue near 19th in Tioga, Keel said.
It started when a car hit a pedestrian on Roosevelt Boulevard, leaving him seriously injured. Paramedics responded, but the patient soon began attacking them, Keel said. He allegedly chased one medic out of the ambulance and down the street and threw an oxygen bottle out of the ambulance window, Keel said. He then jumped into the driver's seat and tried to drive away, but firefighters dragged him out of the ambulance, where he was Tasered by police and eventually subdued, Keel added.