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Reading ambulance stolen during emergency call

Published On: Aug 09 2014 09:22:33 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 09 2014 05:21:46 PM CDT

Ambulance stolen

READING, Pa. -

A man was arrested for allegedly stealing a Reading ambulance on an emergency call and then leading police on a 10-mile pursuit before finally being nabbed, according to authorities.

Police said the Reading Fire Department ambulance was stolen just before 6 a.m. Saturday outside the Abraham Lincoln Hotel at 5th and Washington streets.

The emergency crew left the ambulance running while tending to a patient inside. When the crew returned from tending to the patient, the ambulance was gone, police said.

Reading police immediately issued an alert to authorities throughout the region, and the ambulance was spotted by police in Boyertown a short time later.

Boyertown police said the driver of the stolen ambulance, Kevin Fountain, then led police on a pursuit that lasted about 10 miles, but not at high speeds. The driver was nabbed in Exeter Township after police placed spike strips along Route 562.

Fountain was taken into custody around 7 a.m.

Police said no one was injured in the incident. The patient at the hotel was transported without incident by another ambulance.

Reading police said the 2013 ambulance -- valued at $180,000 -- did not have any visible damage.

At this point, Boyertown police are not releasing any further details, including a possible motive for stealing the ambulance.

Fountain is scheduled to be arraigned today. Felony charges against Fountain include theft and fleeing police, according to Reading police.

People in Reading say they are shocked by the alleged crime.

"Honestly it makes me sad just knowing that people got that kind of state of mind," Luis Orbe said.