AKRON, OH (WOIO) - A 32-year-old man is in custody for stealing an ambulance that was parked in front of St. Thomas Hospital on North Main Street.
Akron police say around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, employees with Physicians and Surgeons (AMR) brought a patient to the hospital.
While inside with the patient, the suspect jumped in the ambulance and drove off.
The suspect, identified as Durelle Johnson, crashed into a utility pole at Merriman Road and Treaty Line shortly after leaving the hospital.
According to officers, Johnson then fled the accident scene.
Around 3:30 a.m., officers were called out to a report of a suspicious person at Polsky's Parking Deck at the University of Akron.
Officers located Johnson and say he had a back pack with the stolen medical supplies and identification from the driver of the ambulance.
Johnson is now charged with receiving stolen property. Officers also say additional charges are expected.