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Another Stolen Ambulance

Driving-Challenged Thief Taken Into Custody

A CAREER CRIMINAL IN BRYAN, TEXAS, began a sequence of events Monday that ended up with him driving and crashing an ambulance that he stole during his attempted flight from police.


Coty Joe Lohse, 28, began his bad day by shoplifing an undisclosed item from a beauty supply store in Bryan and triggered the theft-alarm device.  From there his event-filled flight from justice began.  The College Station Police Department reported the subsequent actions in a press release:

Bryan Police Department advised that the suspect shoplifted from the Q Beauty at 506 N. Texas Avenue. As he fled the store, the suspect set off the theft detection system. It is unknown what was taken. The suspect then went to CARQUEST at 410 N. Texas Avenue and stole a CARQUEST delivery car from their parking lot that had the keys in it.

As the suspect was driving the stolen vehicle, he hit another vehicle at W. Villa Maria Road and Wellborn Road and fled the scene of the accident. A witness followed until the suspect was involved in a second crash at Jones Butler Road and Harvey Mitchell Parkway South.

College Station Fire Department arrived at Jones Butler Road and Harvey Mitchell Parkway South and began checking the drivers for injuries. Before officers arrived on scene, the suspect entered and stole the ambulance, driving toward Holleman Drive.

As the suspect was fleeing the area, he drove through the drive-thru of McDonald’s at George Bush Drive and Marion Pugh Drive, striking a concrete pillar resulting in a third crash. Officers searched the area and the ambulance was located at the intersection of Holleman Drive and Carolina Street. The suspect was then taken into custody without incident at that location. Non-incapacitating injuries were reported.

The Bryan-College Station Eagle adds:  Lohse has been arrested multiple times since 2010, including two times this month, once on a public intoxication charge and once on charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

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