Update: Christopher Todd Ford is now in custody.
A Knoxville Police Department spokesperson says Ford was arrested by University of Tennessee Medical Center officers just before noon on Tuesday. In addition to the auto theft charges for stealing the ambulance, the UT officers charged Ford with disorderly conduct.
(WBIR) Knoxville police said a man stole an ambulance less than 24 hours after he was accused then cleared of running over his girlfriend with a truck.
Officers initially believed Christopher Todd Ford ran over his girlfriend with a pickup truck Monday afternoon on Oldham Road near Jourolman Avenue. But after interviewing many people who saw the incident, officers determined that the vehicle never ran over the woman, 36-year-old Jacqueline Allison. Investigators said as the vehicle turned onto Oldham Avenue, Allison slumped over and fell from the vehicle. She told police she took Xanax and Heroin before the incident.
Ford was also high on drugs and crews took him to Physicians Regional Medical Center for treatment. When he was released from the hospital early the next morning, police said Todd stole an unattended ambulance parked in the emergency room bay.
The same morning, police found the ambulance in an alley north of E. Oklahoma Avenue and Cornelia Street, but Ford was nowhere to be found. The ambulance had smashed into two utility poles and had to be towed from the scene.
Ford now has an outstanding warrant for auto theft and could face more charges once he's caught, according to a Knoxville Police Department release.
Knoxville police are investigating why a man ran over his girlfriend in a pickup truck Monday afternoon.
Police say 36-year-old Jacqueline Allison was riding in her boyfriend's pickup truck on Oldham Road near Jourolman Avenue around four Monday afternoon.
She left the truck while it was still moving and police say the driver turned the truck around and ran her over. It's unclear if she fell, jumped or was pushed out of the truck.
Allison was taken to UT Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities took the driver to Tennova Hospital for heavy drug intoxication.
Police say he will be taken into custody for questioning when he's released from the hospital.