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UPDATE: Man steals ambulance; takes off on foot

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Channel 3 was there as the suspect was taken into custody. Photo courtesy of WRCB photojournalist Lee Broome. Channel 3 was there as the suspect was taken into custody. Photo courtesy of WRCB photojournalist Lee Broome.

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Chattanooga police say a man stole an ambulance with a first responder inside, but didn't make it far.

The theft was reported shortly after 2:00 Friday afternoon.

Authorities say the driver of the Memorial Hospital ambulance was in the rear of the vehicle when 29-year-old John Edward Shanks jumped in the driver's seat and took off.

The first responder yelled to Shanks to stop before grabbing him.

The suspect stopped the ambulance and took off on foot.

Officers later located Shanks in a red van parked in the Whitehall garage, not far from where the theft occurred.

Channel 3 was there as Shanks was taken into custody.

Shanks, who has outstanding warrants in Catoosa County and East Ridge, was charged with Auto Theft over $100,000, Kidnapping, Reckless Endangerment and Burglary of an Auto.

He was transported to the Hamilton County Jail for booking.

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