Meth and Stupidity Likely to Blame for Phoenix Man's Shirtless Ambulance Joyride

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It takes some big cojones to steal an ambulance from the scene of a fire -- or, apparently, a bloodstream filled with crystal meth, to which a Phoenix man is crediting his meth-fueled joyride in a stolen ambulance.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, 28-year-old Travis Ward was arrested yesterday after stealing an ambulance from the scene of a fire and going on a "rampage," crashing into homes and several cars in the process.

About 4 a.m. yesterday, Ward jacked an ambulance from the scene of a fire in the area of 4300 West Krall Street in Phoenix. The keys, police say, were left in the ignition.

After crashing into several cars and houses, Ward was spotted -- shirtless and behind the wheel of the ambulance -- by a patrol officer after several residents in the area called police with reports of an out-of-control emergency vehicle.

The officer pursued the out-of-control ambulance as it careened through streets near 39th Avenue and Maryland Drive until Ward -- who managed to blowout the front passenger-side tire on the ambulance, and at this point was driving on the rim -- tried to make a left turn.

Because he was driving on a tire rim, Ward had trouble making the turn, and ended up colliding with a vehicle parked in a driveway, pushing it into the front of a home.

Stuck at this point, and with police pointing guns in his face, Ward gave up.

Once in custody, Ward told officers he'd taken a lot of meth that day. He claimed he had no idea what he was doing in the ambulance, but knew he wasn't supposed to be driving it. He went on to tell officers that he didn't even know how to drive.

In total, police estimate the damage caused by Ward's rampage to be about $325,000 -- which includes damage to homes, utility poles, vehicles, and the ambulance, which costs about $250,000.

Ward was booked into Maricopa County jail on one count of auto theft, and one count of criminal damage. He's being held on $12,000 bail.
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Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Look at his eyes in the booking photo...meth head. peace

Rob
Rob

Good to get the real truth as all stories this weekend only reference marijuana.

Initial AZ Republic story carried the following quote from a Phoenix PD spokesperson ""When he was arrested, he indicated to officers he had been heavily involved with marijuana use that night..."http://www.azcentral.com/news/...(though a follow up, thoroughly buried on their site today carries the following "Court documents released Monday reveal that the man suspected of stealing an ambulance and crashing into multiple structures told Phoenix police he was under the influence of methamphetamines.")

As well, local FOX story quoted Phoenix PD as saying "the man was believed to be high on marijuana".

I think most people realize that these are not the actions of someone smoking weed.Suppose there is any tie in with Brewer's admonition of AZ police agencies for not lobbying harder against the MMJ initiative?

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

Yup, I knew he wasn't on Meth. As you can see, the idiot was wise enough to explain himself clearly, and he knew what he did was actually "stupid" hence--admitting to it.

Whereas, a Meth-Head can't explain himself in that manner.

me
me

I've thought that too that it is the way to make it seem like all of a sudden marijuana is horrible.  Gotta bend the story to make the politicians find a way to get their way.

Rick
Rick

Meth makes a person for of what they really are, so if the person is already an ass-hole then the result is.........!

Farquar G. Ledbum
Farquar G. Ledbum

Meth AND Stupidity? Aren't they one and the same?

teknik1200
teknik1200

not quite the same, you can have stupid without meth, but you can't have meth without stupid!

Alecq189
Alecq189

Sort of like how Pearce, Coughlin, and Brewer are taking Arizona for a ride.

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

Apparently, he was stupid enough to steal an Ambulance, but wasn't stupid enough to do something reallly stupid that may have almost ended his life,  while cops were pointing guns at his face. Personally, I don't believe one bit that he was on meth, otherwise he would've done something stupid in association with meth, like resisted arrested and then get tazered copiously. That didn't happened. Instead the idiot wised up afterwards.

me
me

Ron Hoon said it was marijuana or meth.....I was thinking I never heard of any body on pot doing something so stupid.  I said it was probably meth. 

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