Ambulance stolen

A Dorchester County Emergency Medical Services ambulance was stolen from the hospital in Cambridge Friday night, Jan. 15, and wrecked on U.S. Route 50.

CAMBRIDGE — Maryland State Police have arrested a Baltimore man who is suspected of stealing an ambulance Friday evening, Jan. 15, in Dorchester County.

Shortly before 8:10 p.m. on Friday, police were contacted regarding a Dorchester County Emergency Medical Services ambulance that was stolen from outside the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.

Troopers located the ambulance traveling west on U.S. Route 50 in Cambridge. The driver, later identified as Augustus Redditt, 52, of Baltimore, activated the ambulance’s emergency equipment in an attempt to move vehicles out of the way, according to Ron Snyder, MSP public information officer.,

Redditt eventually lost control of the ambulance, left the road in the 5100 block of Ocean Gateway in the area of Tarbutton Mill Road in Trappe and rolled the vehicle over before it came to a rest, Snyder said. There were no patients or other passengers in the ambulance at the time it was taken.

Troopers took Redditt into custody without further incident. He is charged with vehicle theft, driving under the influence, drug possession and related traffic offenses.

Bob Willey of Trappe posted publicly on Facebook, “There is a freaking Am(b)ulance flipped in my front yard.”

He told those who commented that if he had charged a parking fee he would have made a year’s salary with more than 20 police cars, emergency medical personnel and a tractor trailer rollback all responding.

Redditt was transported by a different ambulance to the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton for treatment of his injuries. After treatment, Redditt was released from the hospital and taken to the Maryland State Police Easton Barrack for processing, police said.

The investigation is continuing.

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