Watch the stolen ambulance in Utica crash into Irondequoit Bay
On Sunday afternoon, members of the Newport Yacht Club were surprised when an ambulance rolled down Seneca Road from Irondequoit, smashed a door and left the club’s boat launch in Irondequoit Bay .
A Buffalo woman has been charged in connection with the crash after a high-speed police chase involving a stolen ambulance in Utica on Sunday morning.
New York State Police made several attempts to stop the stolen ambulance – on the New York State Thruway and in Rochester – but each time the driver refused to comply and the police have ended the pursuit. Witnesses from the Newport Yacht Club said the scene felt like something out of a movie, a sudden moment of intense action in the middle of an otherwise lazy Sunday on the bay.
The club released videos of the incident, captured by three separate cameras on the property.
The videos show the crash from several angles. A video shows the ambulance speeding through the gate (skip to 4:40 in the video) and splashing into the bay just minutes after a boat has been moved out of its way and the gate is off the ramp has been locked. Several police cars followed, but stopped in the parking lot.
Two other videos show boaters rushing to the platform, which quickly picks up water and submerges in about two minutes. The video also shows the driver exiting the sinking ambulance through an open window. Several nearby boaters assisted the woman, who was apprehended by police when she landed.
Seneca Road is a narrow, winding residential street that ends at the Newport Yacht Club. It’s about a half mile from the roundabout to the water.