A Marietta man is behind bars after allegedly stealing an ambulance from WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta and driving it 25 miles away to Woodstock, Puckett EMS has confirmed.
According to jail documents, the suspect is 37-year-old William Calvin Chastain, who faces charges of theft by taking and driving with a suspended license.
“In the early morning hours of March 17, Puckett EMS reported an ambulance stolen to the Marietta Police Department,” the company said in a statement. “Puckett EMS used in-vehicle GPS locators to track the ambulance from where it was stolen at Kennestone Hospital to where the vehicle was abandoned 25 miles away in Woodstock. The vehicle was recovered by Marietta Police Department officers about 30 minutes after it was taken.”
According to Chastain’s booking sheet, the theft took place just after 2 a.m. on March 17, and Chastain was arrested at an address matching a RaceTrac gas station in Woodstock at about 4:30 a.m.
The company’s maintenance department “made a full check of all mechanical systems, medical equipment and supplies and cleared the ambulance before the vehicle was placed back in service,” the company said.
Chastain remains in the Cobb County adult detention center on $7,920 bond.
“Puckett EMS is pressing charges for the theft of the ambulance,” the company said. “Because of the potential effect to public safety, we feel seeking legal action is an important deterrent. We are cooperating fully with local law enforcement, and any questions about the investigation should be directed to the Marietta Police Department.”