Man pleads guilty to fatal ambulance carjacking

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — The man who stole an ambulance and caused a deadly crash in Prince George’s County on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a host of charges, including carjacking, vehicular manslaughter and causing a life-threatening injury while intoxicated.

Prosecutors say guidelines call for between four years and 15 years in prison for Sebastian Isaksen of Silver Spring, although they say they will ask for 25 years at sentencing.

Isaksen, now 34, crashed the car he was driving near the Capital Beltway and Route 1 in College Park in December. EMS workers saw his car leave the road and stopped to help. Isaksen then attacked the two emergency workers and took off in the ambulance.

Alvin Hargrave, 77, died in the crash. (Courtesy Hargrave Family)

He drove the ambulance onto Greenbelt Road, where he slammed into a Mercedes, killing its driver — 77-year-old Alvin Hargrave — and injuring its passenger. The ambulance wound up on its side in the Beltway Plaza shopping center, where it struck nine parked cars.

Isaksen was found to have a blood alcohol level of .19 after the crash. The legal limit is .08.

Prosecutors also released dashcam video of Isaksen driving the ambulance, and of him in the vehicle after it overturned. The chaotic accident scene was also captured by a police helicopter.

“The fact that you have someone who lost their life, the fact that he assaulted EMTs who were there to help him, and [that] he could have killed any number of other people, we believe that serious time is warranted in this case,” said John Erzen, spokesman for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Family members of the victim were also in court.

“We don’t want him to have the opportunity to do this again,” said Abby Hargrave, the daughter-in-law of crash victim Alvin Hargrave.

Isaksen had previously been arrested for alcohol offenses. Sentencing is set for January.

Watch the police helicopter footage below:

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