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Emotionally Disturbed Woman Escapes Hospital, Allegedly Crashes Car In Queens

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An emotionally disturbed woman escaped a Nassau County medical center and drove to Queens before allegedly crashing into two cars on Friday.

As CBS 2’s Andrea Grymes reported, the woman managed to escape from Nassau University Medical Center, got into a car and made several stops before she allegedly crashed the car in Queens.

One of the stops the woman made was to a hair salon in Oceanside.

“‘Just give me clothes. I need clothes. They’re trying to tell me that I’m crazy. I’m not crazy,'” Salon owner Petagaye Antoine said the woman had told her.

Antoine said the woman is an intelligent, hard working family friend who must have snapped over the last few weeks. She said her family was trying to help her, Grymes reported.

According to Antoine, she was calling the woman’s family when the patient took her jacket and left.

“I know she is not on drugs – not a violent young lady,” Antoine said.

The woman also stopped at Memorial Presbyterian church in Roosevelt before she allegedly crashed into two cars at Springfield Boulevard and South Conduit Avenue, right off the Belt Parkway, Grymes reported.

Rachel Kamau told Grymes the patient hit her car, then got out and ran. “I’m looking at her and thinking she’s going to get hit and then it dawned on me she’s wearing a hospital gown.”

It appears no one was injured during the ordeal, Grymes reported.

The woman was eventually apprehended. Her family said she’s back at the hospital under police protection.

CBS 2 reached out to the hospital but due to patient privacy regulations they were unable to provide any information.

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