Taos Police arrested a man Friday night (Aug. 24) after he allegedly stole an ambulance outside of Holy Cross Hospital and drove it to a couple of local businesses.
Police say James Cox, age unknown, took the ambulance truck from outside of the emergency room entrance at Holy Cross Hospital about 9:30 p.m. Friday. Cox had been driven by ambulance to the hospital earlier in the evening from Taos Mesa Brewery, according to police, though the nature of his medical condition requiring emergency transport is unknown at this time.
“He was then released by the hospital because he was acting disorderly, where after he jumped into the ambulance and left,” said Taos Police Chief David Trujillo in an email.
It is unknown if the ambulance he drove off in was the same one which had taken him to the emergency room.
Cox drove the ambulance to Walgreens and told someone at the store that he had stolen an ambulance truck, according to police officers. The person reported the incident to police, who later found the vehicle at Smith’s and arrested Cox.
Cox was arrested on charges of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.