Man steals ambulance with crew member napping in back

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - A man is in jail after stealing an ambulance and leading authorities on a pursuit through the area.

Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun says an ambulance crew from Jackson was at the truck stop in Lost Gap when Zachary Hopson jumped in the driver’s seat of the ambulance and drove off.

Calhoun says a member of the crew was napping in the back of the ambulance at the time and managed to jump out of the ambulance before it turned onto the interstate. The crew member was not injured.

Calhoun says deputies and Meridian police officers chased the ambulance reaching speeds upwards of 80 miles per hour. Calhoun says a Meridian police officer used his patrol car to get in front of the ambulance to slow it down. The ambulance stopped on the interstate near Sams Club.

“That individual then ran from the scene into the woods south of the interstate. Deputies gave chase and apprehended him in the woods behind SAMs Club,” Calhoun says.

Hopson’s total bond has been set at just over $16,000.