Nanticoke, Luzerne County- New details are emerging following a 17-year-old girl who assaulted a man in Luzerne County. The incident began in Nanticoke and ended in Laurel Run with the teen striking vehicles and leading police on a wild chase. Police say before Destiny McNeil took off in an ambulance parked on the side of the road, she assaulted a man with a brick.
“As I was going down my mind just said, someone just hit you in the back of the head!”, said the assault victim, who does not wish to be identified.
The victim loves rebuilding stereos in his garage on East State Street in Nanticoke. That’s exactly what he was doing Friday afternoon around 4:00 pm when he noticed 17-year-old Destiny McNeil walking by.
“She just had this blank look on her face. She didn’t say a word”, the victim added.
Police say McNeil assaulted him, knocking him unconscious.
“My back was facing the garage door which was open. It was broad daylight. I was walking over to a piece of my equipment to do some more work on it. And apparently she came up behind me and hit me in the back of the neck with a brick,” the victim added.
As McNeil was led to her arraignment Friday night, she gave no indication what motivated the attack.
“I’ve never seen her before in my life. It’s totally unprovoked. Never had a word with her before. Like I said, I never met her”, he added.
After regaining consciousness, he ran inside to call 911.
“She was gone. I walked out of the garage and she was gone. I walked out of the garage and she was about a half a block up. Walking like nothing happened”, he added.
Police charged McNeil with the attack. But it didn’t stop there. They say the Nanticoke teen then stole a Trans Med Ambulance parked a block away, as EMT’s were inside a home helping a patient. Without a valid drivers license, McNeil drove away, hitting two parked vehicles on East State Street and another car on nearby Interstate 81.
“Through our tracking system at our dispatch center, the police were able to track down the vehicle almost immediately”, said David Prohaska of Trans Med Ambulance.
Police caught up with McNeil on Route 309. The wild chase came to an end on Giants Despair in Laurel Run.
“When they formed a maneuver to stop the vehicle, it actually rolled on it’s side in a rock embankment and stood back up again so the entire passenger side has sever damage to it. From our standpoint, our biggest concern is that no one was injured”, Prohaska added.
As for the assault victim, he’s still trying to make sense of what led the teen to do what she did.
“If she’s willing to hit someone in the back of the neck or head with a brick, she’s dangerous!” he added.
So far, McNeil faces 13 charges, including two counts of aggravated assault. Trans Med tells us the ambulance is totaled, but they have enough vehicles to continue serving the community. They are investigating why keys were left in the ignition.