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Man charged in ambulance wreck

A Rogers Park man now faces three felony charges after he allegedly stole an ambulance and caused a six-car accident at Chicago Avenue and Dempster Street in Evanston Tuesday.

30-year-old Alberto Bustamante of 1631 W. Chase Ave. in Chicago faces charges of possesson of a stolen medical transport vehicle, aggravated battery of a peace officer and aggravated driving under the influence.

Police say he took the Medical Express ambulance while it was parked in front of the Clark Manor Nursing Home at 7433 N. Clark St. in Chicago.

Witnesses told police he sped northbound into Evanston with the ambulance’s siren blaring, hit a parked car at Chicago Avenue and Washington Street and caused the six-car wreck when he ran through a red light.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says Bustamante then tried to flee the scene on foot and resisted arrest.

Guenther says Bustamante, who appeared to be intoxicated, was hospitalized and then interviewed by police on Wednesday.

Several other people were injured in the crash, but none of those injuries appeared to be life threatening.

Bustamante is scheduled to appear in Skokie district court on April 6.

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