An ambulance parked outside the emergency room at Jackson Hospital was taken for a brief joyride by an Enterprise man Wednesday afternoon before wrecking into cars in the parking deck, according to officials.
Montgomery police responded to the 1700 block of Pine Street in reference to a stolen vehicle, Sgt. Jarrett Williams said. Williams did not specify that the vehicle was an ambulance, but Mia Mothershed, a spokesperson for the hospital, confirmed the incident involved an ambulance operated by Haynes Ambulance.
Williams said the vehicle and the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Amos Borders, were located a short distance from where the incident began after he wrecked into at least one vehicle.
Kirk Barrett, chief operations officer with Haynes Ambulance, said EMTs had just dropped a patient off when the incident occurred.
“There was actually EMT personnel outside by the vehicle, but the guy came running out of the ER facility and hopped in the ambulance and just took off,” Barrett said.
Barrett said the EMT near the truck was not injured.
“The guy turned up in the parking deck and got stuck,” Barrett said. “He took off running and my understanding is some bystanders or security subdued him.”
The damage done to the ambulance was minor, and it will not have to be taken out of rotation, Barrett said.
It’s not the first time Borders has been involved with stolen vehicles. Borders was charged with receiving stolen property, but last month pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor.
According to court records, his attorney raised questions about Borders’ mental status at the time of the crime, and a judge granted a mental health evaluation. When Borders pleaded guilty last month, the judge ordered him a one-year suspended sentence with two years on supervised probation with a stipulation he seek treatment from mental health experts.
Borders, following Wednesday’s incident, was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and charged with first-degree theft, Williams said.