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Chicago Man Steals Ambulance, Crashes It In Wisconsin

By Jim Bochnowski in News on Jun 5, 2015 9:05PM

A Chicago man was arrested in Wisconsin earlier this week after hijacking an ambulance in the city, crashing it on Interstate 43 and stealing the car of a good samaritan who stopped to assist him.

According to CBS, 23-year-old Michael Buckner was being moved between two hospitals in Chicago when he stole the ambulance used to transport him. Police officers told CBS that five officers had strapped Buckner down to a gurney in the vehicle, but he still managed to escape.

After gaining control of the ambulance, he drove it all the way to Port Washington, Wisconsin, a town approximately 30 miles north of Milwaukee. At that point he flipped the vehicle, an incident which was captured on a dashboard camera of the ambulance:

After getting out of the ambulance, a bystander driving by offered Buckner assistance and picked him up from the side of the road. After growing cautious of the new driving companion, the driver got out of their car to call the police, which is when Buckner drove off and stole the vehicle. The Ozaukee County police department arrested him shortly thereafter.

Buckner was charged with operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent and battery to a police officer. He is currently waiting to be extradited back to Chicago, where he will face additional charges.