Fast-paced television medical shows had nothing on Sutter Medical Center on Sunday, where a homicide victim arrived dead in a private vehicle, a patient allegedly drove off in an ambulance and a suspected drunken driver bolted from the back of another ambulance.
The first of the three dramatic events occurred around 3 a.m., when an officer working at the hospital was hailed by medical staff about a patient who had driven off in the Sacramento City Fire Department ambulance.
The stolen ambulance call was broadcast on police radio and an officer with the McGeorge School of Law police in Oak Park saw the vehicle near Fifth and Broadway. Officers then pursued the ambulance.
Crash on 99
Eventually, the ambulance crashed on Highway 99, just south of Elverta Road, Sacramento police said. Kenneth Javier, 22, was arrested on suspicion of evading a police officer while driving in a reckless manner, vehicle theft and driving a vehicle while under the influence of a drug.
At about 4 a.m., an officer parked on 29th Street near Sutter hospital’s ambulance bay saw a man flee out the back doors of a city Fire Department ambulance. He ran across 29th Street to a parking garage.
The officer ran after the patient, whom medical personnel said was under the influence.
The suspected DUI patient was caught and violently resisted, police said. Eventually he was handcuffed and turned over to the California Highway Patrol.
The man had been involved in an earlier traffic crash being investigated by the CHP. He was taken back to the hospital.
Finally, about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, a private vehicle was driven to the hospital with a man who had been shot. He had been wounded while standing outside a home in the 1100 block of G Street in Rio Linda about 10 p.m.
The man, Raymond Anthony John Velasquez, 26, arrived at Sutter hospital without a pulse. He was declared dead.