NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City police said a psychiatric patient attacked two emergency medical service workers in the back of an ambulance and then fled in a stolen car.

The incident started Sunday afternoon when 30-year-old Kenneth Ashley was being transferred from one hospital on Long Island to another.

According to police, Ashley attacked one EMS worker. Police say the driver pulled over to help his partner and Ashley chased both workers onto the road, hitting one of them in the face with a computer.

The Daily News reports that Ashley fled in a car belonging to an off-duty police officer who tried to intervene. He was arrested on charges including assault and grand larceny after he crashed the car in the Bronx.

No information on an attorney for Ashley was available.

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