Long Beach Man Arrested After Stealing Ambulance, Leading Police on Chase Wednesday Night

A Long Beach man was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly stealing an ambulance and leading police on a pursuit through city streets, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).

Carlos Rene Garciaaguillon, 25, was booked for evading, grand theft auto and vehicle theft, LBPD spokeswoman Marlene Arrona said.

Police were dispatched to Long Beach Boulevard and Bixby Road on Wednesday, October 21 at about 11:00PM, regarding a report of a stolen unoccupied ambulance.

The vehicle—belonging to South Bay Ambulance—was being readied to pick up a dialysis patient when it was taken.

At about 11:20PM, officers located the vehicle and attempted to pull over the motorist who failed to stop. A pursuit then ensued.

The chase safely ended near Livingston Drive and Termino Avenue at about 11:35PM, according to officials.

Garciaaguillon is being held at Long Beach City Jail on $75,000 bail.

The investigation is ongoing.

No additional information was available at this time. The Post will update this story as we learn more. 

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.