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A man stole a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance as paramedics responded to a call in downtown Los Angeles and crashed it into another vehicle in the Westlake District on Sunday as it was being chased by police, authorities said.

The paramedics had responded to a call in the 200 block of North San Pedro Street about 6:30 p.m. when the ambulance was taken, according to the LAFD’s Katherine Main.

It crashed at 7:15 p.m. while being pursued by police at the intersection of Beverly Boulevard and Union Avenue, Main said.

Paramedics initially were thought to be in the ambulance when it was taken, but that turned out not to be the case, Sgt. Bruce Coss of the LAPD’s Central Station said.

The suspect, who may have been a mental patient, was the subject of the original call to which the paramedics were responding, Coss said.

The suspect — whose name and age were not released — was taken into custody and brought to the LAPD’s Rampart Station, Coss said.

No one was taken to a hospital from the scene of the crash, Main said.

Only minor injuries resulted and were treated at the scene, Coss said.

— City News Service

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