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Man gets into car accident after stealing ambulance from St. Thomas Hospital in Akron

Posted at 8:47 PM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 20:47:33-04

Akron police were called to St. Thomas Hospital overnight Tuesday after a man stole an ambulance.

An American Medical Response employee said while inside the hospital dropping off a patient around 1:30 a.m., the suspect jumped into the unattended vehicle and drove off.

Officers said while on scene taking the report, they were notified that a medical unit was involved in an accident at Merriman Road and Treaty Line about three and a half miles away.

The driver jumped out of the vehicle and fled, according to authorities. 

About two hours later, officers responded to a suspicious persons call at Polsky's Parking Deck at the University of Akron, about four and a half miles away from the accident scene.

Officers said they found Durelle Johnson, 32, with a black backpack with medical supplies and identification from the driver of the stolen ambulance inside.

Johnson was charged with receiving stolen property, and additional charges are expected. He appeared in court on Thursday on the receiving stolen property charge, and bond was set at $25,000.

The accident remains under investigation.