One Arrested After Ambulance Stolen in Charleston

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – 

UPDATE (10/31/18 11:15 AM):

The Charleston Police Department says that one person has been arrested after an ambulance was stolen last night.

Police say that on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 at around 10 PM, a Charleston Fire Department ambulance was stolen from the scene of a house fire in the 900 block of Indiana Avenue on the West Side.

A witness told police she saw a man get into the ambulance and drive away.

A Kanawha County Sheriff’s deputy saw the ambulance heading north toward Charleston on Route 119. The ambulance then went onto MacCorkle Avenue and then Kanawha Turnpike. Other units responded to assist.

Police say the deputy attempted a traffic stop on the ambulance near Danner Road, but the driver initially failed to yield. Eventually, the driver stopped the ambulance near Dorchester Road and he was placed under arrest by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect was identified as John Charles Pratl, 2. Pratl is originally from Tennessee, but police say he has been staying in an abandoned house in the 800 block of Anaconda Avenue on Charleston’s West Side.

There is no indication that Pratl was under the influence of any substances.

Police say his motive for stealing the ambulance is unknown at this time.

 An inventory of the ambulance, which being fully equipped is valued at over $200,000, revealed that nothing had been taken from inside the ambulance.

Pratl was charged with Grand Larceny Auto and is currently at the South Central Regional Jail.


UPDATE (10/30/18 11:25 PM): According to metro communications the ambulance has been recovered and one person was taken into custody. The ambulance was pulled over on Dorchester Road. 


ORIGINAL: Police are looking for a stolen ambulance after one went missing from a fire scene in Charleston Tuesday night. 

It happened after the Charleston Fire Department was called to a active fire around 9 p.m.. The house at 904 Indiana Street had visible flames but no one was inside. While fighting that fire someone stole an ambulance at the scene. Now, officials are looking for it. The ambulance was number 432, if you see this vehicle you are asked to call 911. 

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