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Man steals ambulance, joyrides from Berwyn to Englewood, police say

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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A 77-year-old man was arrested after police say he stole an ambulance and went on a joyride.

MacNeal Hospital in west suburban Berwyn reported the Cicero Fire Department ambulance missing Tuesday night around 11:15 p.m.

Police stopped the ambulance in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood Tuesday night in the 1500-block of West 63rd and arrested the driver.

John Neal, 77, of Chicago, was charged with stealing the vehicle, criminal damage to government property and driving without a license.

Police as Neal drove, he damaged the passenger-side mirror and the passenger-side under carriage.

A motive for the theft was still unknown early Wednesday, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said, adding that charges were pending against the man.

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