Off-duty CO tackles suspect who stole ambulance

The off-duty federal CO tackled a man to the ground after he stole an ambulance, crashed it and tried to steal pills inside a CVS


By CorrectionsOne Staff

DANVILLE, Pa. — An off-duty federal CO in Pennsylvania was able to apprehend a man after the suspect stole an ambulance and drove it to a pharmacy to try and steal pills.

Adam Zaharick, 29, hijacked the vehicle when it was parked at Geisinger Medical Center’s emergency department near Dansville while the two-person crew was still inside, WTVR reports. 

“They realized what was going on and jumped out of the ambulance for their own safety,” Bob Hare, Americus Hose Company, told WNEP.

He later crashed the ambulance near a local CVS, where the CO happened to be.

Zaharick went into the store and tried to steal pills before the off-duty officer tackled him to the ground. The CO was able to hold him to the ground until police arrived at the scene.

Zaharick faces several charges, including robbery of a motor vehicle, robbery and burglary.

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