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Nude man steals, wrecks ambulance

Jul. 23, 2013 @ 08:47 AM

HUNTINGTON — Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

Emergency officials say a naked man took a Cabell County Emergency Medical Services ambulance and then crashed into three vehicles along 8th Avenue in Huntington, further complicating the Tri-State traffic woes on Monday.

The man was arrested at the scene and was being processed by the Huntington Police Department, according to Sgt. Vern Casey.

Jail records later identified the suspect as Raymond Lee Spurlock, 40. He was charged with felony grand larceny and misdemeanor leaving the scene of the accident. Bond was $50,000.

Cabell County EMS director Gordon Merry said emergency medical personnel had previously transported the man to St. Mary’s Medical Center for medical treatment and returned to the hospital with another patient, leaving the ambulance in the emergency department parking bay.

“They were walking in with the second patient when the gentleman we initially transported came out and stole the ambulance right out of the bay,” Merry said.

Merry said the man subsequently fled toward 8th Avenue where he crashed the ambulance into three vehicles, causing heavy damage to the ambulance and injuries to those in the other cars. Three people were transported to the hospital, Merry added.

The theft and wreck added insult to injury for Merry, who said Monday’s weather and numerous motor vehicle accidents made for a long day for first responders in Huntington.

“We just couldn’t win,” he offered.

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