ARIZONA NEWS

Man accused of stealing, crashing ambulance outside metro Phoenix hospital

Mar 15, 2022, 5:00 PM
(Pexels Photo)...
(Pexels Photo)
(Pexels Photo)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — A 46-year-old Pima County man accused of crashing an ambulance after stealing it from outside a hospital in a Phoenix suburb reportedly told authorities he wanted to go home.

The Buckeye Valley Fire Department ambulance was stolen Sunday from outside the emergency room of a hospital in Goodyear and collided with a car at a nearby intersection after the driver ran a red light, police said in court documents.

The driver got out and ran but police then arrested Christopher Sauls, 46, of Ajo, allegedly in possession of a water bottle that an EMT had left in the ambulance, a probable-cause statement said.

The statement said a fire official estimated damage to the ambulance at $275,000 and said it’d take two years to replace.

According to the statement, Sauls “admitted to entering the ambulance and driving it so he could go to his home” in Ajo.

Sauls remained jailed Tuesday on multiple charges, including theft and criminal damage.

Court documents didn’t list an attorney for Sauls who could comment on the allegations.

Ajo is 80 miles south of Goodyear.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Petrified Forest National Park Photo)...
Alex Weiner

Triassic reptile discovered at Arizona’s Petrified Forest named after former park superintendent

A Triassic reptile species discovered at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona was named after former park Superintendent and wife.
9 hours ago
(City of Phoenix Photo)...
Kevin Stone

New trash pickup days start this week for most of Phoenix

New pickup days go into effect Monday for 80% of the Phoenix's trash, garbage and green organic pickup customers.
9 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Associated Press

Arizonan sentenced for Vegas-based scheme targeting migrants

An Arizona man who convinced recent immigrants from to pay him thousands of dollars each to help them gain U.S. citizenship has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.
1 day ago
(Twitter Photo/@MesaPD)...
KTAR.com

Mesa driver taken to hospital after vehicle strikes pole, crashes into canal

A driver in Mesa was taken to the hospital after their vehicle struck a street light and crashed into an irrigation canal Saturday.
1 day ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

Arizona man sentenced for threatening a Social Security judge

A Willcox man has received a more than 25-month sentence for threatening to assault a federal employee on Monday.
1 day ago
(Facebook photo/City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department)...
Tom Kuebel

Papago Park in Phoenix introduces ADA-approved fishing dock

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department introduced a new fishing dock approved by guidelines set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
...
Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Why your student-athlete’s physical should be conducted by a sports medicine specialist

Dr. Anastasi from Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Tempe answers some of the most common questions.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Man accused of stealing, crashing ambulance outside metro Phoenix hospital