Deputy: Man stole ambulance with napping crew member in it

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A man is accused of stealing an ambulance that had a napping crew member in it and leading authorities on a car chase that ended when he tried to flee on foot.

Ambulance August 2016 Photo by Kristine Bellino_212100

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) – A man is accused of stealing an ambulance that had a napping crew member in it and leading authorities on a car chase that ended when he tried to flee on foot.

Lauderdale County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun tells WTOK-TV that Zachary Hopson hopped into the ambulance at a truck stop in Lost Gap and drove off. He says the surprised crew member jumped from the vehicle before it reached a nearby interstate. The worker wasn’t injured.

Calhoun says the fleeing ambulance led deputies and Meridian police on a high-speed chase. He says a Meridian officer navigated his patrol car in front of the ambulance to slow it down, and the ambulance stopped. He says Houston was caught trying to flee on foot into nearby woods.

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