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Suspect arrested after allegedly striking Scottsdale officer with vehicle, stealing ambulance

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Suspect sought after stealing ambulance in Scottsdale
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Posted at 2:06 PM, Jun 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-02 11:51:08-04

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Police have arrested the suspect who reportedly hit a police officer with his vehicle and later stole an ambulance in Scottsdale Monday.

Scottsdale police said the incident began near Indian School and Scottsdale roads. Officials say 34-year-old Matthew Thomas Crook, who was driving with a female passenger, was stopped, and allegedly intentionally reversed his car into the officer's motorcycle and left the scene.

Crook then hit another vehicle near 75th Street and Indian School Road and left that crash. Officers later located the Crook's vehicle that led to a short pursuit.

The vehicle managed to enter an apartment complex near 78th Street and Camelback Road where Crook and his female passenger ran away from the scene.

A few minutes later, police said the pair had stolen an ambulance in the area. The ambulance was later abandoned near Hayden and Indian School roads where witnesses said the two were seen running into the neighborhood.

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Shortly after, officers were able to detain the woman involved in the incidents.

Police say Crook remained at large and was wanted for multiple charges including aggravated assault on an officer and theft of an emergency vehicle.

He was located Thursday night and arrested, police say.

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Police body camera video released late Monday afternoon shows how the incident unfolded.

The officer involved in the initial crash suffered minor injuries.