Police: Woman becomes tired of waiting for her ride, steals ambulance from hospital

Published: Aug. 6, 2018 at 1:34 PM EDT
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A woman is in jail after she stole an ambulance, police say.

Monday morning, Pamela Cash, 51, was at Rockcastle County Hospital waiting for relatives to pick her up when she became impatient. Instead of waiting, Cash got into an ambulance running nearby and took off.

"That was odd. That's the first for me," said Mt. Vernon Police Chief Brian Carter. "I've been doing this for 15 years. Never had anything like that."

The stolen ambulance was left running as hospital staff prepared a patient for transport.

"She said she got tired of waiting on her sister at the hospital and took the ambulance," said Carter.

Police say Cash drove to the Christian Appalachian Project in Renfro Valley, about three miles away. She then rummaged through other vehicles, allegedly trying to find keys in order to steal another vehicle.

"Noticed a woman looking in some of our personal vehicles parked here at our office," said Jenny King, who works at Christian Appalachian Project.

King said they first thought Cash was a passenger in the ambulance, but then realized she drove it there.

"She was a little bit emotional and we had compassion for whatever situation she was involved in," said King. "So we did our best to talk to her very calmly and not in an accusatory way. In the process, I think she was very welcomed by us."

The ambulance and its equipment are worth about $100,000.

Cash faces charges of criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking over $10,000. She did not want to talk to a reporter.