Police expect suspect in attack of ambulance driver to surrender

Police searching for suspect in attack of ambulance driver

BERN TWP., Pa. - Police expect the man who allegedly attacked an ambulance driver in a hospital parking lot during a bizarre road rage incident to turn himself in.

Officials said it started around 4 pm Monday when the suspect, Jonathan Eshbach Jr., 20, was driving his red Chevrolet Lumina and allegedly tried to run the victim off of the road near the Route 222 exit for Route 183.

The victim, driving a LifeStar emergency transport vehicle, was en route to pick up a patient at Saint Joseph Regional Health Network. Police said the victim proceeded there and was followed by Eshbach.

Officials said Eshbach then tried to block the transport vehicle from entering the parking lot.

"Then the transport vehicle attempted to back up and get away from [Eshbach] and [Eshbach] just kept coming forward, got out of the vehicle," said Daniel Billings, director of security services for the health network.

Billings said the victim then also got out of the transport vehicle and was attacked by Eshbach.

"[Eshbach] started swinging away at the driver of the transport vehicle and that driver was backing up, trying to defend himself," said Billings.

Billings said that Eshbach also grabbed the keys from the transport vehicle and threw them.

As security officers approached, Eshbach allegedly jumped in his car and fled, according to Billings. He returned moments later.

"Very shortly after, for whatever reason, the driver... came back and yelled something at our staff and we got the registration of the vehicle," said Billings, noting that the incident was also caught on security cameras.

Eshbach is facing charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and reckless driving.

Officials had no information about the victim's condition. LifeStar had no comment.

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