UPPER MARLBORO – A 34-year-old Wheaton man will spend the next 16 years in prison for carjacking a Prince George’s County ambulance in December 2014, assaulting the ambulance crew and being involved in a multi-vehicle crash involving a fatality in Greenbelt. On April 8 in an Upper Marlboro courtroom, Sebastian Isaksen was sentenced to 16 […]
UPPER MARLBORO – A 34-year-old Wheaton man will spend the next 16 years in prison for carjacking a Prince George’s County ambulance in December 2014, assaulting the ambulance crew and being involved in a multi-vehicle crash involving a fatality in Greenbelt.
On April 8 in an Upper Marlboro courtroom, Sebastian Isaksen was sentenced to 16 years in prison for causing a fatal crash after carjacking an ambulance while under the influence of alcohol.
“The sentence handed down today was appropriate given the seriousness of Mr. Isaksen’s actions, and I hope this sends a message to others that substance addiction is no defense for your actions, especially if they lead to the death of someone else,” said Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. “This was Mr. Isaksen’s second DUI conviction and I sincerely hope he gets the appropriate counseling and treatment he needs during his incarceration.”
The President of the Branchville Volunteer Department, Ronald Leizear Sr., was not pleased with the sentencing.
“He was almost three times over the legal limit,” Leizear said. “It was his second DUI. He carjacked, wrecked and totaled our ambulance and took the life of an innocent person. He has to live with fact he killed someone for no reason.”
According to police, at the time of the incident Isaksen’s blood alcohol level was .19.
On Dec. 14, 2014, just after 5:30 p.m., an ambulance from the Branchville Volunteer Fire Department in College Park was returning from Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring when they observed a car on the Capitol Beltway, driven by Isaksen, had rear-ended another vehicle and drove off the road.
The ambulance crew stopped to see if anyone was injured. As one of the crew members was checking the vehicle, Isaksen assaulted the crew member and ran up the hill to where the ambulance was parked. He then got into the driver’s seat and assaulted the second crew member who was sitting the passenger’s seat.
An attempt was made to remove Isaksen from the ambulance, but it failed. The crew member then jumped out of the ambulance as Isaksen was pulling off.
At a high rate of speed, Isaksen exited the Beltway onto Kenilworth Avenue, then onto Greenbelt Road. At the intersection of 62nd Avenue and Greenbelt Road, he collided with three vehicles. A 72-year-old man suffered critical injuries from the crash and succumbed shortly after arriving at a local hospital. A female, who also was in the vehicle, suffered less serious injuries.
After striking the vehicles on Greenbelt Road, the ambulance careened down an embankment and rolled onto its side, striking at least seven unoccupied vehicles in the parking lot of Joe’s Crab Shack at Beltway Plaza.
Isaksen only suffered minor injuries. He was arrested at the scene and transported to a local hospital.
In November 2015, Isaksen pled guilty to carjacking, motor vehicle manslaughter, driving under the influence, causing life-threatening injury, second-degree assault and failure to remain at the scene of an accident.