North Texas man gets 10 year sentence for stealing ambulance

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Fort Worth man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing an ambulance last year and later crashing it.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that 31-year-old Kenneth Golightly was convicted last week of aggravated robbery.

Authorities say Golightly took the ambulance at knifepoint in March 2015 from a crew that was finishing paperwork after completing a call at a hospital.

Golightly then drove off, reaching speeds of up to 70 mph through city streets before he crashed the ambulance through a fence about a mile from the hospital.

He fled on foot but was later arrested by police. The ambulance, valued at $50,000, was totaled in the crash.

In Austin, a stolen ambulance from a secured hospital sparked security questions outside the main trauma emergency room. Medics were bringing a patient inside the hospital from the ambulance. They were notified that the ambulance was leaving shortly after entering the hospital. A trooper attempted to pull the ambulance over, but the driver refused to stop. After a 20 minute chase, the driver was taken into custody.