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Pursuit of ambulance ends in far east El Paso; suspect in custody

Michial Sampson was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading arrest in a motor vehicle. He was booked into the county jail on a $15,000 bond.

A man being admitted to the hospital led state and local law enforcement officers on a chase after he drove off in an ambulance Monday night, police said.

Michial Bruce Sampson, 36, was being admitted to Providence Memorial Hospital in west El Paso when he walked out and drove away in an ambulance around 9:30 p.m., police said.

Law enforcement officers tried stopping him as he drove from west El Paso through Northeast, into Chaparral, New Mexico, and eventually stopped in far east El Paso, according to a KFOX14 news reporter who saw the chase unfold.

According to court documents, Sampson was driving at up to 90 miles per hour at and made erratic turns and exits. At one point during the chase, one of the DPS troopers almost lost control of his units trying to keep up with Sampson.

He ran several red lights while in Northeast El Paso and forced several drivers off the road, the court documents say.

Authorities were seen deploying spikes to try and stop the ambulance. According to court documents, Sampson drove the ambulance into a desert area near Bob Hope Drive where it became airborne after Sampson sped through.

The pursuit ended at a Valero gas station near Bob Hope and Pellicano drives.

Sampson was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading arrest in a motor vehicle. He was booked into the county jail on a $15,000 bond.

Witnesses who saw the chase posted video of it to our Facebook page.



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