A wheelchair ambulance stolen from a hospital led police in Massachusetts on a chase from Peabody to Lynn before it crashed into a parked car Thursday, resulting in the arrests of two people, authorities said.
Massachusetts State Police troopers were tipped off about the vehicle stolen from outside the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital’s emergency room and located it in Peabody, when officers gave chase, according to state and Melrose police.
The troopers followed the vehicle, an Armstrong wheelchair car, into Lynn, where it crashed into a parked Ford Explorer at Regina Road and Lynnfield Stree in Lynn, state police said.
Two men, identified as 22-year-old Daniel Walsh of Melrose and 23-year-old Nicholas Burke of Peabody, were arrested.
Walsh and Burke allegedly shoplifted clothes from a Kohl's in Saugus after one of the men stole the van, according to state police. It wasn't immediately clear if they had attorneys who could answer to the charges.
No patients were on board the van at the time and no medications or medical equipment were in the vehicle when it was stolen.
Melrose police said the vehicle was stolen about 6:45 a.m. The vehicle had arrived at the emergency room to pick up a patient when it was taken.
Police said Walsh was driving the van during the chase. He was charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, larceny, shoplifting, failure to stop for police, negligent operation, operating with a suspended license and a marked lanes violation. Burke is charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, and shoplifting.
Burke also allegedly dropped a bag believed to contain narcotics on the hospital floor as he left the building, police in Melrose said.