Man charged with assault, carjacking ambulance with his sick sister inside

April 08, 2005|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A 43-year-old man was arrested early yesterday on charges of assault and carjacking after allegedly driving off in a Baltimore Fire Department ambulance, with his ailing sister inside on a stretcher, and colliding with two vehicles, city police said.

The incident began after medics William McCabe and Paul LeForce arrived at 914 Arlington Ave. about 12:05 a.m. on a sick-case call.

As they stepped from the ambulance, Darrel Brooks, a resident of the house, was seen carrying his sister, Patricia Brooks, to the ambulance, police said.

The medics placed her on a stretcher and into the back, and told the brother he could sit in the passenger seat while they examined his sister and took her medical history before heading to a hospital, police said.

From the passenger's seat, police said, the brother began yelling at the medics, telling them his sister had lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease.

Seconds later, the man got behind the steering wheel, put the ambulance in reverse and struck McCabe with his fist when he tried to stop him, police said, adding that when LeForce tried to pull Brooks from the ambulance, he was struck by a door.

As Brooks drove off, the medics called their dispatcher, who alerted police.

Police reported seeing the ambulance turn from West Franklin Street onto North Greene Street, where it struck two vehicles before stopping.

Brooks was arrested and held at Central Booking and Intake Center.

His sister was taken to Maryland General Hospital in a second ambulance, police said.

Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman, said it is normal procedure for a relative of a patient to ride along in an ambulance.

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