Police: Hospital patient hijacked ambulance to drive himself home

Police: Hospital patient hijacked ambulance to drive himself home
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After what was likely one too many bowls of Jello, one man at West Valley Hospital in the Phoenix area decided he had to make a break for it.

Goodyear police spokeswoman Lisa Kutis told The Associated Press that West Valley patient Michael Lopez felt he was being hospitalized against his will, and hijacked an ambulance parked outside the hospital. A firefighter in the back safely jumped out, and police were eventually able to track the ambulance down at Lopez's home using GPS.

Kutis says Lopez was arrested on felony flight, failure to yield to police, disorderly conduct, and theft of means of transportation, and is being booked into a Phoenix jail. The ambulance has since been returned to firefighters.

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