Two EMS workers left an ambulance unlocked and running before it was stolen but the medics didn’t do anything wrong, the Anderson fire chief said Thursday.
Police said 27-year-old Joseph Sandlin stole an ambulance last Friday and then crashed into five cars before wrecking into a tree.
Chief Phil Rogers said it’s standard operating procedure to leave the ambulance open and on. That saves time when patients need to get to the hospital in a hurry.
The theft was a costly one, though. Damage to the ambulance alone is estimated at more than $150,000.