Patient steals ambulance, crashes near Waddy

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By Lisa King

No one was injured Tuesday when a patient being taken to the hospital by ambulance stole the vehicle and crashed it in Waddy, police said.

Kentucky State Police said that shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, they were called about the theft of an American Medical Response ambulance that had been taking a patient from Baptist Health Richmond to Our Lady of Peace in Louisville, which offers adult psychiatric services.

KSP spokesperson Houston White said that the patient became combative during the trip and managed to overpower the ambulance crew. The patient then took control of the vehicle and left the crew along the side of the road on I-64 westbound near the Lawrenceburg-Graefenburg exit in Franklin County.

Shelby County EMS director Jeff Ivers said the patient ran the vehicle off the road near a truck stop at the Waddy exit.

There were no injuries, but the ambulance was slightly damaged, he said.

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