Soldier arrested after firing off shotgun in police car then stealing ambulance

An Army Specialist from Fort Hood has been arrested after a chase with police that ended in a crash early this morning.  Taylor Curtis Patterson, 22, is accused of stealing an ambulance after attempting to steal a police squad car.

Police officers initially found Patterson when they responded to a report of an unconscious man in a vehicle in Harker Heights, Texas.

Patterson was apparently so intoxicated the police took him into custody and called for paramedics, according to a press release.

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Army Specialist Taylor Patterson (Bell County Jail)

While handcuffed in the back of the patrol car, Patterson was able to slip out of his seat belt and bring his hand to his front.  “He then defeated the locked prisoner screen and unsuccessfully attempted to obtain the vehicle shotgun from its locked rack, but managed to discharge the shotgun in the patrol car,” authorities said.

After firing the shotgun he fled the vehicle and stole the Harker Heights Fire Department ambulance, crashing it into patrol cars while fleeing the scene, according to KWTX.

The soldier apparently used the radio within the ambulance to communicate with police officers during the chase, telling them he was heavily armed and trained as a Special Forces soldier.

During the chase, Patterson lost control of the ambulance and crashed into a light pole.  He was arrested and booked in the Bell County Jail by the Harker Heights Police department for two third degree felony charges.

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