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Drug-related patient steals life squad, crashes in Sidney

Published: Saturday, January 28, 2017 @ 12:11 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 1:14 p.m.

Officials in Sidney tell us a man who was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital for a drug-related incident ran out of the emergency room and stole the Sidney Fire and EMS life squad.

The suspect, a man in his 20s, was taken to the hospital for treatment of a drug-related issue but he refused treatment, according to a Sidney fire official.

The suspect left the emergency room and got into the Sidney EMS life squad, where he ransacked the inside, apparently looking for drugs, according to the official.

The suspect then got into the driver’s seat and sped away, subsequently crashing into a pickup truck at Vandemark Road and West Michigan Street.

The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries not considered life-threatening. The driver’s wife, who was in the passenger seat, was not injured.

Authorities said after the crash the suspect ran away and tried to carjack a woman at Applebee’s, but citizens intervened and held the suspect until officers arrived.

The suspect was taken back to Wilson Memorial to be checked out before being taken to jail.


Police and emergency personnel are responding to a crash involving a life squad that was reportedly stolen from a local hospital.

The incident happened around 11:45 a.m. reportedly in the 2100 block of West Michigan Street.

WHIO’s Steve Baker is working to find out more.

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