Ohio woman accused of stealing an ambulance after she couldn’t find a ride home

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WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio (NBC) – A 40-year-old Ohio woman faces several charges after she stole an ambulance.

Janette Askew had just been released from the hospital when she stole the ambulance, police say.

Investigators say the door was unlocked and the engine was running when she hopped in and took it for a spin.

County ambulances are equipped with GPS, so authorities were able to track her down and stop her.

Officials say Askew had some emotional and anxiety issues.

She told police when she was leaving the hospital, she didn’t have a ride home, so she thought she’d take the opportunity to leave in the ambulance.

Officials say she also blamed her actions on her anxiety – saying driving helps calm her down.

The woman is being held on a $10,000 bond and being charged with theft and disrupting a public service.

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