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NY man arrested for stealing paramedic rescue truck

Larry Blanding allegedly led police on a chase after stealing a paramedic rescue truck while responders were on a call


By Emily Master
Times Union

ALBANY, N.Y. — A 28-year-old city man is accused of stealing a paramedic rescue truck from the Albany Fire Department, city police said Monday.

Albany firefighters—who are also trained paramedics—were treating someone for a medical emergency at 11:25 a.m. on Hudson Avenue, between Ontario Street and Perry Place, when a man stole their parked but still running rescue truck, police said.

Larry Blanding is charged with felony grand larceny, unlawfully fleeing a police officer and reckless driving. (Photo/Albany Police Dept.)
Larry Blanding is charged with felony grand larceny, unlawfully fleeing a police officer and reckless driving. (Photo/Albany Police Dept.)

Moments after the firefighters reported the theft, a city police officer saw Rescue 9 driving westbound on Clinton Avenue near Quail Street and tried to stop the truck.

The driver refused to stop and led police on a brief chase down Clinton Avenue. The man stopped just before the intersection with Robin Street and was arrested by police.

Larry Blanding is charged with felony grand larceny, unlawfully fleeing a police officer and reckless driving. He will be arraigned in Albany City Criminal Court.

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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