An American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance was rear ended at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Union and Lathrop roads intersection by an alleged drunk driver who fled the scene on foot.
Manteca Police Sgt. Brian Holland said the driver Clinton Samuel Laque, 36, of Manteca fled on foot down Union Road and was reported to police by another motorist who witnessed the crash.
Sgt. Holland said the ambulance paramedic who was attending to an 80 year-old-patient from Lincoln in Placer County was injured when Laque drove his Ford pickup truck into the rear of the ambulance causing moderate damage to the back of the ambulance and to the front of the pickup truck. Laque was determined to be under the influence at the scene and also charged with hit and run, Holland said.
He added that the truck’s speed at the time of the crash was estimated at 40 miles per hour. The engine in the ambulance quit on the impact. The ambulance was pushed into the center of the intersection. The pickup driver received lacerations to his head and foot, according to police.