13 June 2021

 Major Barry C. Chase
 Troop E Commander



State Police announce the charges on the operator who drove a stolen ambulance into Irondequoit Bay yesterday. 

Vanessa Armstead, age 32, from Buffalo was arrested for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 2nd Degree, Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree, and 2 counts of Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree.

State Police are working with the Utica Police Department and the investigation is continuing.


State Police assisted the Utica Police Department with the apprehension of a subject who stole an ambulance.  At approximately 10:42 a.m., the State Police on the Thruway attempted to stop the stolen ambulance and the operator refused to comply and the pursuit was terminated by the State Police.

Troopers located the stolen ambulance on I-490 westbound and attempted to stop as the operator exited I-490 at Culver Road, again the operator refused to comply.  The pursuit was again terminated by State Police.

The ambulance was located by police after it entered Irondequoit Bay off Seneca Road.

The operator was able to swim to a private vessel and was then taken into custody by police.  The Monroe County Sheriff’s Dive Team was called to help retrieve the submerged ambulance.

The operator was given medical attention at the scene by the Irondequoit Ambulance and charges are pending.




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