Police said Saturday they have arrested a man from Osakasayama for attacking emergency rescue team workers and stealing their ambulance.
Emergency services received a call from a member of the public on Friday at around 10:30 p.m., Fuji TV reported. According to police, the 46-year-old man told the emergency operator that his son looked sick and requested an emergency vehicle.
When the three-man crew arrived at the man's house, he allegedly became aggravated and attacked the emergency rescue team workers with a guitar and kicked them. Two of the crew sustained minor injuries in the attack, Fuji reported.
The man then got into the ambulance that had been left outside and fled the scene. Police say the man activated the vehicle's siren and emergency lights before driving through traffic and clipping vehicles waiting at stop signals before reaching an expressway.
Police say the man continued along the expressway until he reached Wakayama Prefecture, where he was apprehended and arrested. The chase lasted for approximately one hour and 20 minutes, Fuji reported.
A spokesman for the Osakasayama emergency services department was quoted as saying that the crew's safety is the primary concern, and if they were in danger, they should not be blamed for not staying with the vehicle.© Japan Today