TUPELO • A south Tupelo woman was arrested Saturday night after trying to steal an ambulance and threatening a paramedic with a machete.

Tupelo police spokesman Capt. Chuck McDougald said an ambulance crew responded to a house in the 600 block of North Church Street around 6 p.m Saturday Aug. 8. While the crew was attending the patient at the rear of the ambulance, a female suspect climbed into the driver’s seat and started to drive away.

One of the paramedics was able to reach in and turn off the key stopping the ambulance.

“After getting out of the ambulance the suspect reportedly charged a medic with a machete before fleeing,” McDougald said.

Tupelo police with the assistance of Lee County Deputies quickly located suspect in the area and detained her after a short foot chase. No injuries were reported and the ambulance was able to continue care for original patient.

Alyson Weathers, 32, of 2869 South Green Street, Tupelo, was initially detained for disorderly conduct-failure to comply, a misdemeanor. On Monday, she was charged with felony taking of a motor vehicle. During her initial appearance, Tupelo Municipal Court Judge Willie Allen set bond at $50,000.

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