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OKLAHOMA CITY - A woman is in jail for the second time this week following an incident with an ambulance Friday morning.

Ambulances are always dropping off patients in need at the emergency entrance to St. Anthony's Hospital, but there was a big surprise on a typical Friday morning.

"They were transporting a patient, they got here and had to rush the patient inside so, when they were inside, the subject went to the ambulance and drove off in it," said Lt. Valerie Littlejohn with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

In a matter of seconds, the ambulance was gone.

"It is a white ambulance with a green stripe, and it's from Pauls Valley," Littlejohn said.

Within two hours, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers were on the tail of 38-year old Dasha West.

She led troopers on a chase before finally surrendering on the Kilpatrick Turnpike, near County Line Rd.

Once behind bars, authorities discovered she'd just bonded out of the Oklahoma County Jail at 1:51 a.m. Friday morning.

"Dasha West was placed under arrest a day ago for assault and battery on a medical personnel and simple assault and battery charge," said Sgt. Ashley Peters, Oklahoma City Police Department.

West apparently punched an EMSA worker in the face after they responded to her apartment for a medical call.

At the hospital, she admitted to smoking PCP.

It's not clear why she went straight to St. Anthony's after bonding out of jail.

Despite the joy ride, the ambulance wasn't damaged, and Pauls Valley EMS staff is ready to get back to serving the public.

West is currently in custody at the Canadian County Jail.