Man steals ambulance from Houston hospital, wrecks it into a tree

HOUSTON, Texas -- A man told police he needed a ride and that's why he stole an ambulance from Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston early Tuesday.

Police got a call from the Houston Fire Department around 3:30 a.m. saying one of their ambulances had been stolen. Police tracked the vehicle using GPS to the 2400 block of South MacGregor Way.

When police arrived, they discovered the ambulance had struck a tree. The suspect was still in the area and was immediately taken into custody.

Police say the driver told them he needed a ride to get somewhere and the ambulance was the first ride he saw. The keys were still in the vehicle, which was parked at the loading dock at Ben Taub Hospital.

Charges against the man who stole the ambulance are pending.

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