‘Mentally Challenged’ Patient Steals Ambulance in Davao

Ambulance stolen by mentally challenged patient?

A “mentally challenged” patient from Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) was hurt after being shot by the police for stealing an ambulance in Davao City on Sunday, August 15.

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The driver left the ambulance of the local government of Bansalan, Davao del Sur to help discharge a patient from the emergency room.

According to Davao police, the suspect aged 31, who is said to be “mentally challenged,” boarded the vehicle and drove it away.

When the ambulance reached the border checkpoint of Task Force (TF) Davao in Barangay Lasang, a law enforcer told him to stop for inspection.

However, he refused and almost hit the law enforcer.

The vehicle’s wheel was shot by a TF Davao police. Unfortunately, the patient was also hit.

The suspect was apprehended on the national highway of Panabo City in Davao del Norte.

He was rushed back to the SPMC and is now in stable condition.

According to the live-in partner of the patient, the man who took the ambulance is a “mentally challenged” jeepney driver.

As per the statement of the local police via ABS-CBN News, he was discharged from the Davao Hospital last August 9 and transferred to SPMC.

The authorities are still trying to figure out what to do with the suspect who’s being monitored while recovering at SPMC.

Meanwhile, article 12 of the Revised Penal Code exempts an insane person from criminal liability, except if the person “acted during a lucid interval.”

Lucid interval refers to a brief period during which an insane person regains sanity that is sufficient to regain the legal capacity to contract and to act on his/her own behalf.

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