Grand Theft Ambulance: Drunk man caught after stealing emergency vehicle
On Wednesday night, a man walked into an ambulance bay in the Bellevue Hospital complex in New York City and stole one of the emergency vehicles.
According to the New York Daily News, two EMTs and police officers managed to chase the ambulance down and take the thief into custody.
Witnesses report that a lone man walked into the ambulance bay at FDNY’s Emergency Medical Services Station 8 at around 7 p.m. on Friday night.
“He said, ‘I’m here to pick up the truck,’” one witness told the Daily News. “He looked legitimate.”
EMT Teresa Soler, 48, was standing in the bay holding the keys to the ambulance in her hand. When she said she’d have to check with her supervisor, the man reportedly snatched the keys and ran, jumping into the ambulance’s driver’s seat and speeding away.
Soler and her partner enlisted the aid of two nearby police officers, piling into the back of their patrol car and taking off in pursuit of the ambulance.
Police were able to pull the driver over just a few blocks away.
A spokesman for the fire department said that the ambulance thief — whose name officials declined to reveal — was intoxicated and possibly emotionally disturbed. He was taken into custody without further incident.
The ambulance was recovered and returned to the fire station.