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Edmonton man charged after ambulance taken for joyride

EDMONTON - A man who thought being in the driver's seat of an ambulanceis better than riding a stretcher in the back is in custody after a wildride in and around Edmonton.

EDMONTON - A man who thought being in the driver's seat of an ambulance is better than riding a stretcher in the back is in custody after a wild ride in and around Edmonton.

Police say an ambulance crew was attending to other duties at the city's University Hospital Wednesday night when a man hopped into their vehicle and took off.

The ambulance clipped another vehicle during the getaway, but no one was hurt.

Officers caught up to the fleeing emergency vehicle in a southeast neighbourhood and the RCMP joined the pursuit when it crossed into nearby Strathcona County.

The vehicle came to a stop in an industrial area and the driver, who is in his 50s, was arrested.

He's facing charges that include impaired driving and criminal flight from police.