The Roseburg woman who allegedly stole an ambulance and rammed a police car pleaded not guilty to her crimes in Douglas County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
Christy Lynn Woods, 38, allegedly stole a Bay Cities ambulance while paramedics were giving CPR to a Roseburg woman in the 700 block of Southeast Jackson Street in September.
Her attorney, Jeffrey Greenwood, told Circuit Court Judge George Ambrosini on Tuesday they intended to rely on an insanity defense.
Greenwood filed a notice of intent with the court to rely on that defense on Oct. 4.
Deputy District Attorney Steve Hoddle asked that the trial date be set several months in advance so the prosecution would have time to receive a psychiatric evaluation from the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.
The judge agreed, and scheduled the trial for April 10.
After Woods allegedly stole the emergency vehicle, she led officers from the Roseburg Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police on a nearly 30-mile pursuit on Interstate 5.
Near Winchester, Oregon State Police Sgt. Ken Terry was driving in front of the ambulance, trying to push traffic out of the way.
Woods hit the bumper of Terry’s car going 85 mph, which sent his vehicle spinning through the median that separates the north and southbound lanes of the freeway.
An officer on scene reported that there was so much dirt and debris that he couldn’t see the road for a minute, according to court documents.
The trooper received minor injuries, but his car was totaled, according to police.
After hitting the trooper’s car, Woods continued northbound until she ran over a set of spike strips near Rice Valley. She continued on for a few more miles before exiting the highway at milepost 148. Woods then leaped out of the driver’s seat and went to the ground at the Arco gas station on John Long Road, according to court documents.
Woods is charged with second-degree assault, third-degree assault, unauthorized vehicle use, attempting to elude a police officer, failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons, two counts of first-degree criminal mischief, three counts of recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving, interfering with a firefighter or EMT and driving while suspended.