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Police identify suspect charged with stealing ambulance from Carroll Hospital, crashing it into police cars in Finksburg

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has charged Steven David Gary, 55 with multiple criminal offenses and traffic violations related to the theft of an ambulance from Carroll Hospital on Thursday afternoon.

Police and emergency personnel work at the scene of a crash Thursday involving a stolen Baltimore County ambulance, a Carroll County Sheriff's Office cruiser and a Maryland State Police vehicle in front of the Gamber fire company at the intersection of Niner Road and Route 32 in Finksburg.
Police and emergency personnel work at the scene of a crash Thursday involving a stolen Baltimore County ambulance, a Carroll County Sheriff's Office cruiser and a Maryland State Police vehicle in front of the Gamber fire company at the intersection of Niner Road and Route 32 in Finksburg. (Dylan Slagle)

Criminal charges against Gary include theft over $100,000, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of second degree assault on a law enforcement officer, two counts of malicious destruction of property and two counts of intoxicated endangerment.

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Gary, who had no fixed address in electronic court records, was also charged with traffic violations including driving a vehicle while impaired by alcohol, attempting to elude police and reckless and negligent driving.

Police said Gary was not the original patient being transported in the Baltimore County ambulance before it was stolen from the emergency department at Carroll Hospital on Thursday afternoon.

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Officers from the Maryland State Police and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office searched Thursday for the ambulance after it was reported stolen at 12:14 p.m., ultimately finding it on Route 32 in the area of Knox Court in Finksburg. The ambulance continued south on Route 32, eventually striking a Maryland State Police vehicle and a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office vehicle, according to police.

The ambulance was eventually stopped near the Gamber & Community Fire Company at about 12:30 p.m., Thursday, according to Jon Light, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash, Light said.

“The ambulance ended up striking a Maryland State Police vehicle and then also struck a Carroll Sheriff’s Office vehicle which was pushed into a third parked car,” Light said.

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Clay Myers, a spokesman for Gamber & Community Fire Company, called the crash a “crazy” situation.

“The police were chasing it and they disabled it in front of our firehouse,” Myers said.

Gary was taken to Carroll Hospital to be evaluated before being taken to Carroll County Central Booking.

This story may be updated as new information becomes available.

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