Deputies say man tried to escape from ambulance in Madison County

WACO, Ky. (WKYT) - A man is in custody after police say he held a woman against her will and then tried to escape out of the back of an ambulance.

Investigators say it began with a domestic disturbance call at Harrison's home on Drowning Creek Road Thursday morning. They say he had held a woman at gunpoint and sexually assaulted her, but she was able to call 911. They arrested him on an unrelated warrant, then they say Harrison began having problems.

"At the time he was taken into custody, Mr. Harrison decided he was having chest problems," said Deputy Willard Reardon of the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

So, they say they put him in an ambulance.

"Be it a suspect or someone you have in custody, if they start complaining of medical problems, as a first responder, we have to take that to heart," said Reardon.

As the ambulance was getting close to the hospital, it had to stop for traffic, and deputies say Harrison saw an opportunity, scrambling out the back door.

"I guess in his mindset, he thought maybe he could get away or he didn't expect the deputy to be right behind the ambulance so he took that opportunity to think, 'Well, I can get away,'," said Reardon.

A deputy was following right behind the ambulance and investigators say he caught Harrison after just a few feet. They say they took Harrison on to the hospital to get checked out, and then on to the jail. Harrison declined an interview request at the jail.

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