Texas teen leads police on chase in stolen ambulance

PALESTINE, Texas (KTRK) -- A teenager being treated at an east Texas hospital jumped in an ambulance and sped off, leading police on a high-speed chase.

Authorities say at about 5 p.m. Saturday, a Leon County Sheriff's deputy brought the teen to the emergency room of the hospital for treatment for unknown reasons.

Armando Vinaja, 18, was able to get away from the deputy at some point and went outside where he stole an ambulance.

Dash cam video shows the chase as the driver narrowly misses other cars, hits a curb and loses control of the ambulance.

Vinaja was booked into the Anderson County Jail on charges of driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle.

He is being held on a $115,000 bond. No one was injured.

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