Habitual Criminal Quickly Caught
A MEMORIAL HOSPITAL EMS ambulance in Chattanooga, Tennessee, had just off-loaded a patient at Erlanger hospital and the driver moved the unit away from the loading zone to keep it cleared. He then got into the back of the ambulance and started cleaning up and restocking from the last call.
It was then that a man, apparantly unaware of the medic's presence, hopped into the cab and began driving away. The Chattanoogan continues the story:
(The medic) yelled for the man to stop, but he just accelerated faster. The victim was yelling at the ambulance-jacker and attempting to call out on his radio reporting the theft.
Although the victim was yelling for the suspect to stop, he refused at which time the victim reached through the window and pulled on the suspect to the point he stopped the ambulance.
The man jumped from the ambulance and ran towards the Whitehall Building. A short time later he was located in a red Ford van parked in the Whitehall garage.
John Edward Shanks, 29, was taken into custody by deputies with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and charged with auto theft over $100,000, kidnapping, reckless endangerment and burglary of an auto.
The police quickly learned that Shanks also had outstanding warrants from two other jurisdictions.
WTVC-TV has the video:
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