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It was business as usual Monday for the Americus Hose Company Ambulance Service from Sunbury. A crew had just dropped off a patient at Geisinger Medical Center’s emergency department near Danville when a man jumped inside and started to drive away. The two-person crew was still inside.
“They realized what was going on and jumped out of the ambulance for their own safety,” said Bob Hare, Americus Hose Company.
Adam Zaharick, 29, of Kulpmont, is accused of stealing the ambulance. He faces many charges, including robbery of a motor vehicle, robbery, and burglary.
According to police, Zaharick drove the stolen ambulance through Geisinger’s campus, hitting a truck and damaging its front end. That’s when things got even worse.
Zaharick drove to nearby CVS in Danville and crashed the ambulance into a pole.
A Kulpmont man undergoing treatment in the emergency room told police he “wanted to put on a show” when he stole a Sunbury ambulance from Geisinger Medical Center and tried to “score” oxycodone from a Danville pharmacy.
Once the ambulance crashed, Zaharick entered the store and went directly to the pharmacy, hopped over the counter and demanded “oxys,” Pander said. Zaharick forcefully grabbed and took possession of a medicinal item from pharmacy employee April Rodriguez, according to police. After rummaging through multiple medicinal items laid out and ready for pickup, he tried to flee the store. He was tackled by an off-duty federal corrections officer who physically restrained him until police arrived and took him into custody, according to the charges. The officer had seen what was occurring, Pander said.
No employees were hurt and nobody was injured during the crash, police said.