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Man accused of joyriding in Montgomery County ambulance

CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A man is in trouble for going on a joyride with a stolen ambulance he found parked outside a hospital with the keys in the ignition.

Emergency workers have to leave their ambulances running because the vehicles have equipment, such as refrigerators, that must be kept cool.

But when a Montgomery County EMS crew emerged from Gateway Medical Center with a patient ready to transport, their ambulance was gone.

Each Montgomery County EMS ambulance has a tracking system, so dispatchers followed the vehicle on its five-minute journey.

"Immediately found the ambulance. We knew its path. We knew where it had been parked," said EMS director Jimmie Edwards.

The ambulance was found empty and still running outside a nearby Burger King.

Nearby, authorities spotted Mike Brown and asked him if the ambulance was his. He said, "yes."

Brown, who suffers from mental difficulties, couldn't recall where he found the ambulance.

Investigators believe Brown tested several ambulances, and even adjusted the seat in one, before taking off in the other.

"It's not a normal thing to retrieve an ambulance, drive it to the parking lot and then assume ownership of the ambulance because you didn't want to wait in the emergency department," Edwards said.

The vehicle did not sustain any damage, and it's now back out in the fleet.

Edwards said he wants to purchase trucks with a special locking mechanism that would prevent this from happening in the future.

Authorities took Brown back to the hospital for evaluation. Once he is discharged, they expect to charge him with joyriding, a Class A misdemeanor.

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