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WATCH: Deputies capture woman who stole Golisano Children's Hospital ambulance

The chase and capture were recorded by helicopters and body-worn cameras.
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Posted at 2:18 PM, Jun 20, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Late Thursday, the big question many of you might be asking: why did a woman steal an ambulance from Golisano Children's Hospital in Lee County?

Deputies tell Fox 4 they're interviewing the woman to try to figure that out.

They responded to the hospital early in the morning, and GPS tracking led them to the RaceTrac Gas Station on Summerlin Road.

They confronted Ariel Marchan-Le Quire, 30, there, but she managed to get into the ambulance and take off.

Deputies followed and say Marchan-Le Quire was driving recklessly, swerving, drifting across lanes, hitting curbs, and almost flipping the ambulance. At one point, Marchan-Le Quire pulled over, but as deputies approached the stolen ambulance, she sped off, this time turning on the emergency lights!

At this time, deputies disengaged from the pursuit. However, the agency's helicopter continued to follow the ambulance from above.

WATCH: The moments Ariel was captured by deputies.

WATCH: Deputies capture woman who stole Golisano Children's Hospital ambulance

Marchan-Le Quire's run ended in the middle of South Tamiami Trail and Island Park Road.

She was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a crash, resisting an officer, fleeing and eluding, and theft of emergency equipment.

There were no reported injuries or damage to vehicles involved.

Turns out, deputies say Marchan-Le Quire is 'no stranger to the law.' Her criminal record spans multiple states and includes charges of battery, resisting, and vehicle theft.