A Long Island woman slipped away from a cop guarding her hospital room and stole an ambulance in a wild bid for freedom that ended when she crashed into another vehicle, police said.
Melina Silsbe, 24, of Shirley, was arrested by Suffolk cops on Wednesday for several outstanding warrants and was taken to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown and admitted for an unspecified medical problem.
A day later, she wriggled out of restraints about 6 p.m. and bolted from the hospital.
She spotted an unoccupied private ambulance with its motor running near the main entrance and jumped in behind the wheel, cops said.
Silsbe took off on Jericho Turnpike through Commack and onto Sunken Meadow Parkway, where she crashed the emergency vehicle into a car after a roughly five-mile chase.
Silsbe was arrested and taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was treated for minor injuries — including a bright-purple black eye — and released back into police custody.
The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.
Silsbe was slapped with a slew of charges, including escape, grand larceny, criminal mischief and reckless driving.
Cops released no details of her initial arrest other than to say that she was wanted on “numerous misdemeanor warrants and a felony warrant.”
A police source told The Post that Silsbe “was a little bit wacky” to think she could make a clean getaway in an ambulance equipped with a GPS unit and with cops on her tail.
It was the second time this month that a suspect escaped from Suffolk cops while in custody at a hospital.
Alexander Thomas, 25, of Huntington was busted Oct. 1 in North Amityville and charged with possession of a loaded weapon, possession of stolen property, harassment and resisting arrest, police said.
Cops tased him during the arrest and he was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip after complaining of chest pains.
While being treated at the hospital, Thomas allegedly assaulted a police officer and fled through the surrounding neighborhood.
A canine officer and his dog caught the suspect an hour later, and he was slapped with a number of additional charges, including escape and assault.