Authorities said a 31-year-old Detroit man who was stranded at a southeast Michigan hospital face charges after he stole an ambulance. Police said the man stole the ambulance from the St. John River District Hospital in St. Clair County’s East China Township on Saturday night after people inside the facility refused to give him a ride to St. Clair where his vehicle was located.
Michigan State Police Sgt. Craig Nyeholt told The Times Herald in Port Huron that the man fled in an ambulance left idling outside the emergency room entrance, but was arrested a short time later.
Police have not identified the man, who was expected to be arraigned Monday.
No further details were released.
911 operators often get calls from people observing an impaired driver on the road. What makes the call Mary Strey made unique, is that she called 911 on herself.
“Somebody’s really drunk driving down Granton Road,” she told the 911 dispatcher.
The dispatcher asked if the Strey was behind the drunk driver, to which she replied “No, I am them.”
The dispatcher asked, “Okay, so you’re calling to report you’re driving drunk?”
“Yes,” Strey said.
The 911 operatorr told Strey to pull her vehicle over, and she complied. She waited for a deputy to arrive with her hazard lights flashing. According to the police report, Strey failed field sobriety tests, and a preliminary breath test showed she had a blood alcohol content of .19, more than twice the legal limit to drive.
She was given a citation for operating a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol content of .10 or more. She’s due in court in December, facing charges of first offense operating under the influence.
In the latest tale of criminal masterminds at work, an Australian car thief was arrested after he managed to accidentally lock himself in thevehicle he was trying to steal.
Police were called to a house in Adelaide after two thieves were heard trying to steal a car.
On arrival, they were surprised to find a 53-year old man hiding inside the vehicle.
‘The man, while breaking into the car, had locked himself in the car and couldn’t get out,’ South Australian police said.
They added that the second thief was found hiding in nearby bushes.
Eau Claire police said a man accused of stealing a soda worth $1.57 chose to go to jail rather than pay up, even though he was carrying more than $70.
Police responding to the report of a theft recently say the 27-year-old man appeared drunk.