A 22-year-old Fort Hood Army Specialist attempted to escape police custody in a stolen ambulance Tuesday morning. The drunken soldier, Taylor Patterson, only made it a few miles away from police before crashing the ambulance on Highway 190.
Patterson was first discovered drunk, in a car, at approximately 4:00 AM. He was not driving the vehicle at the time he was discovered. Sgt. Roosevelt Wilson with Harker Heights P.D. attempted to arrest Patterson. According to Roosevelt Patterson immediately became confrontational. Roosevelt said in a statement to Fox 7 News:
“The subject was found to be highly intoxicated and at one time became combative with both the officers and with the EMS personnel,”
Patterson was arrested for public intoxication and placed him in a patrol car with a set of double locked handcuffs and a seat belt to restrain him. Patterson escaped the restraints almost immediately, made his way to the front of the patrol car and attempted to steal the loaded shotgun in the front seat. He was unable to remove the shotgun from its holster and accidentally fired off a shell in the process.
He then attempted to flee in the patrol car. He was unable to start the vehicle. He quickly fled the patrol car and entered the driver’s seat of the ambulance that arrived on scene. He was able to drive away in the ambulance and rammed two police cars in the process. He traveled down highway 190 for several miles, while still handcuffed, before crashing into a telephone poll.
No one was injured in the escape. Patterson walked away from the crash unscathed but was quickly apprehended by the police. Patterson’s escape attempt added several felonies to his record.
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