Man takes ambulance for joy ride, strands patient and EMTs

The patient, who was in respiratory distress, was transported to a hospital after another ambulance was called


Associated Press

YORK, Pa. — Emergency workers in Pennsylvania got an unpleasant surprise when they wheeled a patient out of a home to their ambulance, only to find it wasn't there.

Police in York tell the York Dispatch 21-year-old Leonard Eugene Smith took the vehicle for a joy ride Friday before ditching it. They say an in-vehicle camera captured his actions and a tracking device led them to the ambulance.

Leonard Eugene Smith
Leonard Eugene Smith (Police photo)

Jim Arvin, president and CEO of White Rose Ambulance, says the video shows Smith "having a good time" behind the wheel, adding he "seemed excited."

Smith is charged with felony theft and a misdemeanor count of recklessly endangering another person. He's jailed on $75,000 bail.

The patient, who was having breathing problems, got to the hospital without much delay after another ambulance was called.

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