Emergency medical officials were stranded on the side of Interstate 64 in Franklin County Tuesday night after a patient allegedly stole their ambulance, Kentucky State Police said.
Troopers said the American Medical Response ambulance was transporting the patient just before 11 p.m. from Pattie A. Clay Hospital in Richmond to Our Lady of Peace, a psychiatric hospital in Louisville.
According to a news release, the patient became combative during the trip — ultimately overpowering the EMS workers and taking off in the ambulance.
The workers were left on the side of westbound I-64, near mile marker 48, troopers said.
Just 10 minutes later, troopers and officials with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department recovered the ambulance at a truck stop near mile marker 43. The patient was taken into custody at the scene.
The ambulance sustained minor damage, according to the release. Troopers have not released what caused the damage.
The patient was taken to University of Louisville Hospital for evaluation, troopers said, but no one else was injured in the incident.