Description: Ozaukee County, IL - The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office says 23-year-old Michael Buckner of Chicago is in custody after officials say he stole an ambulance from the Windy City, drove it into Wisconsin and then crashed it.
Officials say this story played out on Monday morning, June 1st. Shortly before 7 a.m., deputies responded to a one-vehicle rollover crash on northbound I-43 near Port Washington. That crash involved a Superior Ambulance driven by Buckner.
Shortly after the crash occurred, a passerby stopped to assist Buckner and provided him with a ride. While driving with Buckner, the passerby became concerned for his safety, decided to pull over to the side of the road and contact the Sheriff’s Office. The passerby exited the vehicle, and remained on the phone with the Sheriff’s Office dispatchers, while Buckner remained seated in the vehicle.
At this point, Buckner moved over to the driver’s seat and drove away without the driver’s consent. Buckner drove a short distance before he was located by Sheriff’s deputies and was taken into custody without incident.
Investigators learned Buckner was a hospital patient in Chicago. During a medical transport from one medical facility to another, Buckner escaped from his restraints and stole the ambulance.