Patient tells police he stole, wrecked ambulance because he ‘needed a ride home’

Patient tells police he stole, wrecked ambulance because he ‘needed a ride home’
Ambulance stolen by Clayton Florane - Gonzales Police Department

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Police say a wild ride through the streets of Gonzales ended Sunday morning after an officer spotted and arrested Clayton Florane, 40, for stealing an ambulance.

Clayton Florane - Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office
Clayton Florane - Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office

Officer Tyson Dennis told investigators around 9 a.m. he spotted a Natchitoches Regional Medical Center ambulance at the intersection of Hwy. 30 and Hwy 44. Dennis pulled the unit over after noticing Florane wearing civilian clothes and the unit missing a license plate.

Florane admitted to stealing the unit because he needed a ride home.

Investigators later learned hospital staff reported the theft around 5:30 a.m. They also learned a convenience store in Sorrento had information about the ambulance ramming a concrete barrier in their parking lot. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Department was called to investigate that incident.

The ambulance had extensive damage to the front bumper/grill area, as well as a broken windshield.

Florane was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail for one count of felony possession of stolen goods, and one count of driving under suspension.

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