Rhode Island

Police: Patient Takes Ambulance on 40-Mile Joyride to Neighboring State

Police say a patient stole a city-owned ambulance from outside a Rhode Island hospital and took it on a 40-mile joyride before being stopped in Connecticut.

Police say Providence Rescue 6 was taken from outside Rhode Island Hospital in Providence at about 6 a.m. Monday.

Thirty-six-year-old Johnny Kimbrough of Boston was pulled over on Interstate 95 in North Stonington, Connecticut, according to WJAR.

Kimbrough has been charged with larceny of a vehicle. He was admitted to Backus Hospital in Norwich. WJAR reports he will appear in court in Connecticut before being brought back to Rhode Island.

Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare tells WPRO-AM the ambulances are sometimes left running so the electronics and computer equipment inside continues working. He says the patient who took the vehicle was not the one who had been transported in it.

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