Police: Man arrested after 3-county NW Ohio stolen ambulance chase


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A man is in custody after leading troopers on a chase through three Ohio counties in a stolen ambulance, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

Troopers were dispatched at about 3 a.m. to check on an ambulance that had been reported stolen from Mercy Health St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo and was parked on Route 24 in Lucas County, police said.

When troopers arrived to check on the ambulance, the driver fled west into Henry County, police said. Troopers tried unsuccessfully to halt the vehicle using stop sticks, and it continued into Defiance County, where troopers were able to deflate the two front tires with stop sticks.

The driver, a Texas man, was taken into custody and will face charges of fleeing and eluding and receiving stolen property, police said. St. Vincent Medical Center police plan other charges, the highway patrol said.