Huntsville Police arrest man accused of stealing ambulance

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police say they have arrested the man who stole an ambulance from outside the Huntsville Hospital ER early Saturday morning.

HEMSI officials confirmed to WHNT News 19 the ambulance was stolen around 3:15 a.m. as paramedics were attending to a patient who had been taken to the hospital.

Huntsville Police say they caught up with the ambulance, which had been wrecked, at Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. and Lowe Ave. They later found Jackie Eric Poteet, 46, walking nearby.

Jackie Eric Poteet (Image: Huntsville Police Department)

Poteet is currently charged with Theft 1st Degree.

HEMSI officials tell us the company has a policy where ambulances are always turned off and locked after arriving at the hospital, except in extreme emergencies, such as Saturday morning’s incident.

Officials said the ambulance was “substantially damaged” in the wreck, but didn’t go into any further detail.

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