Intoxicated man arrested after stealing ambulance in Lawrence

LAWRENCE — Authorities have arrested a 21-year-old man accused of stealing an ambulance that had been parked in the heart of this college town.

Lawrence Police Sgt. Susan Hadl said the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical crews had parked the ambulance early Sunday while they responded to a medical emergency in an area filled with bars and specialty shops.

Hadl says the man believed he had no other way to get home. He was intoxicated and led police on a brief, low-speed chase.

The man was arrested on charges of theft of the ambulance as well as driving under the influence.