A 16-year-old's joy ride may have totaled a $160,000 Emergency Medical Services Authority ambulance late Sunday in southwest Oklahoma City, authorities said.
The teen, identified by police as Tyler Lee Randall, was arrested on complaints of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and larceny of a vehicle, police said.
The ambulance reached speeds up to 79 mph before crashing into a utility pole and overturning, said Jim Winham, EMSA general manager.
The incident happened about 11:55 p.m. Sunday while EMSA paramedics were parked at a gas station at SW 59 and S Western Avenue. One paramedic stepped outside the ambulance to stretch his legs and saw a male approach the ambulance, according to the police report.
The teen appeared aggressive and grabbed at his belt as if he was armed, the paramedic told police. The teen jumped in the driver's seat and drove away.
The ambulance crashed in the 6100 block of southbound Interstate 44. Randall was taken to a hospital to be treated for cuts on his forehead. After he was treated, police took him to a juvenile detention center, according to the report.
Winham said this is the fourth time he has heard of someone taking an ambulance in the past 35 years.
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