Escaped inmate takes ambulance for joyride

LONGMONT, Colo. - Longmont police said they arrested an intoxicated man who stole an ambulance while emergency crews were tending to an elderly woman who had fallen.

The Denver Post reported fire and medical crews were treating the 86-year-old woman in her Longmont home at about 3 a.m. Sunday when they heard the ambulance beeping, which means the vehicle was backing up.

Police spokesman Jeff Satur said "they ran out there and saw their ambulance driving off."

He said the vehicle was stopped a short time later, and the intoxicated man, identified as 51-year-old Robert Elmar Taylor, made a statement about being cold.

Our sister station, KMGH, in Denver reported that Taylor has an outstanding felony warrant for escape out of the Department of Corrections. 

The man was charged with stealing the ambulance and driving under the influence of alcohol.

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