Police arrest Knoxville man accused of stealing ambulance

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Police say they've arrested the man accused of stealing a Rural Metro ambulance around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday from Tennova Hospital.

Christopher Todd Ford, 30, was cuffed around noon by University of Tennessee Medical Center officers.

After reviewing evidence, investigators say Ford, a recently released patient, took the vehicle from the emergency room bay.

The vehicle was found abandoned shortly after in the alley north of E. Oklahoma Avenue at Cornelia Street. It had hit two utility poles, and it had to be towed from the scene.

Officers say Ford was also the driver of the truck they originally thought ran over a woman Monday afternoon in the Western Heights neighborhood.

After interviewing several witnesses, police say they determined the incident was not a domestic assault and the woman wasn't run over.

As the pickup was turning on Oldham Avenue, they say the woman slumped over and fell out. Investigators say she even admitted to taking Xanax and Heroin beforehand.

Police say Ford was also under the influence of some type of drug and was taken to Tennova Hospital.

Ford is charged with Auto Theft and Disorderly Conduct.

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