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Woman steals ambulance because she wanted a free ride

By Mason White 10:23 AM March 15, 2016
Autumn Prieschl 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested on a charge of larceny after allegedly stealing an ambulance because she wanted a free ride, police in North Carolina said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said that they have arrested 36-year-old Autumn Prieschl, after being accused of driving off with an ambulance belonging to the Carolinas Medical Center.

Prieschl was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and trespassing.

According to the police investigation, Prieschl got behind the wheel of ambulance number 47 around 10:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Investigators said that the woman was not high, mentally unstable or ill. She said that all she wanted was a free ride.

When people noticed the woman stealing the ambulance, they notified the police. All ambulances are equipped with GPS trackers, so the police knew immediately where the ambulance was located.

Ambulance crews often leave the keys in their trucks and leave them running so that they can respond quickly to emergencies.