Patient overpowers EMS crew, drives off with ambulance

gkocher1@herald-leader.comJune 25, 2014 

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A patient in an ambulance Tuesday became combative and overpowered the ambulance crew, then took control of the vehicle and left the crew along the side of Interstate 64, Kentucky State Police said.

The patient was later arrested at a truck stop off the interstate, state police said in a news release.

Shortly before 11 a.m., state police were called about the theft of an American Medical Response ambulance that had been taking a patient from Baptist Health Richmond (formerly Patty A. Clay Hospital) to Our Lady of Peace in Louisville, which offers adult psychiatric services.

During transport, the patient became combative, overpowered the EMS workers, and left them on the side of westbound I-64 near the Lawrenceburg-Graefenburg exit in Franklin County.

About 10 minutes later, state police and the Shelby County Sheriff's Department caught the patient at a truck stop near the Waddy exit.

No one was injured, but the ambulance was slightly damaged.

The patient was taken to University of Louisville Hospital for evaluation.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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