Florida man accused of stealing ambulance, getting it stuck in mud

Suspect faces grand theft auto charge

Trey Cornwell is accused of stealing an ambulance in Hernando County on April 4, 2021. (Hernando County Sheriff's Office)

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida man stole an ambulance from a hospital while first responders were assisting a patient but got the vehicle stuck in sand and mud, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

Records show the Hernando County Fire & Emergency Services ambulance was parked in the ambulance bay at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville on Sunday around 12:30 p.m. while paramedics were inside the hospital dropping off a patient.

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When paramedics returned, they realized the ambulance had been stolen and deputies said they determined 29-year-old Trey Cornwell, of Weeki Wachee, was behind the wheel.

Cornwell is accused of driving the stolen ambulance about 8 miles away to Port Court in Spring Hill, where he got it stuck in sand and mud as he was driving toward a body of water.

Records show Cornwell ditched the ambulance and ran away only to be arrested nearby a short time later.

He’s facing a grand theft auto charge.

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