Police: Man took ambulance for joyride, stranding patient, EMT

Leonard Eugene Smith

YORK, Pa. (AP) – Emergency workers in York got an unpleasant surprise when they wheeled a patient out of a home to their ambulance, only to find it wasn’t there.

Police in York tell the York Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1PVRii8) 21-year-old Leonard Eugene Smith took the vehicle for a quick joyride Friday before ditching it. Police say an in-vehicle camera captured his actions and a tracking device quickly led them to the ambulance.

Jim Arvin, president and CEO of White Rose Ambulance, says the video shows Smith “having a good time” behind the wheel, adding he “seemed excited.”

He’s been charged with felony theft and a misdemeanor count of recklessly endangering another person.

The patient, who was having breathing problems, got to the hospital without much delay after another ambulance was called in to help.

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