Sunday, October 11, 2009


So, this was probably not a good idea.
A 21-year-old man was arrested early Sunday morning after stealing an ambulance that had been parked on Massachusetts Street.

Lawrence Police Sgt. Susan Hadl said the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical crews had parked the ambulance near the intersection of 10th and Massachusetts streets while they responded to a medical emergency in the area.

While the crews were away from the vehicle, an intoxicated man got into the ambulance and began driving away, heading westbound on 10th Street. The man, whom Hadl said believed he had no other means of transportation home, led police on a brief low-speed chase.

The chase began about 2:22 a.m. and ended a few minutes later at the intersection of 10th and Tennessee streets. Numerous police cars surrounded the vehicle and the man was taken into custody without incident.

The man was arrested on charges of theft of the ambulance as well as driving under the influence.


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