Police release video of man stealing, crashing ambulance

A video released by police shows a suspect taking an ambulance from outside a Flint hospital and weaving through the city with police in pursuit before crashing.

The dashcam video from inside the STAT EMS ambulance begins around 12:11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 as the rig pulls into the emergency room area at McLaren Flint off South Ballenger Highway.

An emergency medical technician gets out of the vehicle and moves to the back of the ambulance to assist with moving a patient.

Joseph R. Karlichek, Chief Operating Officer for STAT EMS, previously said the vehicle was unlocked with the keys in the ignition at the time of the theft due to an urgent situation with a patient.

Moments later, the video shows a man jump into the driver’s seat and pull away from the hospital.

Police allege the man is 33-year-old Raymond E. Kibby, of Burton.

Genesee County Prosecutor Leyton told MLive-The Flint Journal that Kibby had been dropped off at the hospital by his mother after noticing he was going through withdrawal symptoms from heroin.

The location of the ambulance was confirmed and 911 was called. A pursuit began including the Genesee County Park Rangers, Flint police and several other law enforcement agencies.

The ambulance is seen in the video disregarding multiple stops lights and crossing over into the opposite lanes of traffic as it makes its way to the south side of the city.

The ambulance eventually hit a parked car outside a home.

A house was also hit before the ambulance crashed into a police vehicle and tree at which time the pursuit ended. The whole thing took about 10 minutes.

Kibby told police he’d stolen the ambulance to go and buy heroin, Leyton said.

He also complained to police that the ambulance wouldn’t go fast enough, only reaching speeds between 35-40 miles per hour, according to Leyton.

Leyton said it’s “fortunate nobody was hurt" during the pursuit.

Kibby was arraigned in Genesee District Court on charges including assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful driving away of an automobile, malicious destruction of fire or police property and third-degree fleeing and eluding police.

“I think we’re going to see if he’s eligible (for drug court). That’s what we think fueled his crime spree,” said Leyton. “If we could get him cleaned up, it’s to the benefit of himself and the community.”

Such a program requires a commitment though, Leyton said.

“ don’t succeed in problem-solving court without acknowledging want to get the help, that have a problem,” he said.

Kibby is due back in court on Wednesday, Dec. 11 for a preliminary examination in front of Genesee District Judge Mark C. McCabe.

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