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Another Stolen Ambulance

Indiana Druggie Causes Heavy Damage

AN ANDERSON, INDIANA, MAN was arrested this morning (Friday) after he stole an ambulance and crashed into five parked cars.


Around 4 am an Anderson Fire Department medic unit was treating a patient in an apartment building when Joseph Sandlin, 27, got into the idling ambulance and drove off.  His journey was shortened just outside the apartment complex when he crashed heavily into five parked cars.  All six vehicles were extensively damaged.


WISH-TV reports:

Police officers found Sandlin sitting in the driver's seat. As he was being arrested, he told police he took hydrocodone and several other pills, including bath salts. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The release said when officers asked him why he stole the ambulance, he said "he took it because he wanted to find a police car and wreck into it so that we would shoot him."

Sandlin was arrested and charged with theft of a motor vehicle, a Class C felony; operating while intoxicated/drugs, a Class A misdemeanor; leaving the scene of a property damage accident, a Class B misdemeanor; and operator never licensed, a Class C misdemeanor. He was also wanted on a warrant out of Anderson City Court for domestic battery.

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