PENDLETON, Ore. - The new hospital in Pendleton went on Amber Alert this week, but somebody forgot to tell police it was a just a drill.
Chief Stuart Roberts said that when the call came from St. Anthony Hospital Tuesday that a baby had been snatched, four officers hit their lights and sirens and went tearing off.
The East Oregonian reports that as they neared the hospital, officers got word it wasn't the real thing.
Roberts says such a "code" response carries public safety risks.
St. Anthony moved into the $70 million facility in December. Spokesman Larry Blanc said administrators decided the staff had gotten familiar with the building, so it was time for emergency exercises.
But, he says, whoever made the call to dispatchers failed to say, "This is a drill."