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Police: Roseburg woman steals ambulance, crashes into state police car before arrest

ARRESTED | Christy Lynn Woods (Douglas County Sheriff's Office booking photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A Roseburg woman was arrested Sunday after she stole an ambulance and crashed it into patrol vehicles before she was stopped.

According to a Roseburg Police Department report, 37-year-old Christy Lynn Woods stole the Bay Cities Ambulance while medics were providing care to a person unrelated to the incident in the 700 block of SE Jackson Street.

The incident took place around 3:25 p.m.

Woods led Oregon State Police, Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and Roseburg Police units on a 30-mile pursuit on Interstate 5 northbound, the report said.

At milepost 130, Woods struck an OSP patrol vehicle as the trooper attempted to clear traffic ahead of the pursuit.

His cruiser, a Ford Crown Victoria, was sent spinning through the wire median into southbound traffic on the other side.

The trooper received minor injuries but his car was totaled, the RPD report said.

Woods then continued northbound until she was spiked at milepost 146.

She finally exited at the 148 and surrendered at the Arco Gas Station off John Long Road, where she was detained without further incident.

The ambulance sustained significant damage from the incident.

She was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Attempted Assault I
  • Assault II
  • Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle
  • Attempting to Elude in a Vehicle
  • Failure to Perform Duties of Driver
  • Criminal Mischief I X 2
  • Reckless Endangering
  • Reckless Driving
  • Interfering with a Medical Services Provider
  • Driving While Suspended – Misdemeanor

Woods was lodged at the Douglas County Jail.

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