Man Charged With Stealing Ambulance At Erlanger Hospital Is Back At Erlanger

Monday, June 24, 2013

A court appearance for a man charged with stealing an ambulance at Erlanger Hospital had to be delayed on Monday because John Edward Shanks was back in the hospital at Erlanger, court officials said.

"We won't let him steal an ambulance this time," General Sessions Court Judge Gary Starnes joked.

The case was reset for July 8.

Shanks, 29, is charged with auto theft over $100,000, kidnapping, reckless endangerment and burglary of an auto.

There were four state witnesses in the courtroom ready to testify, including EMTs involved in the bizarre incident.

Defense attorney Lee Davis said it is not necessary that the witnesses come back. He said it is planned to send the case on to the Grand Jury without a hearing.

Police said the ambulance was taken in the incident in early May while the driver was inside in the rear of the vehicle. The man was later arrested after the driver got him to bail out by yanking him from behind. It was a Memorial Hospital ambulance.

The ambulance driver told deputies he dropped a patient off at Erlanger’s emergency room and then pulled the ambulance out of the way due to the amount of ambulance traffic.

The ambulance did not get far. Police said Shanks jumped out and ran into the Whitehall Building garage. He was caught there in a red Ford van.

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