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Stolen PRP Fire ambulance recovered, LMPD arrests suspect

An LMPD spokesperson said the 34-year-old man has charges pending.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A stolen ambulance has been recovered and a 34-year-old man is in custody, police say.

The Louisville Metro Police Department says around noon on Wednesday officers with LMPD's First Division responded to the University of Louisville Health's Jewish Hospital after a PRP Fire ambulance was stolen.

The stolen ambulance was first seen near Dixie Highway and Upper Hunter's Trace. Police attempted to stop the vehicle but the ambulance fled.

According to the arrest citation, the suspect, Robert Reiter, turned on the ambulance's lights and sirens and even tried to use the radio to talk to dispatchers.

A department spokesperson said LMPD's Air Unit and other LMPD officers were able to stop the ambulance on I-65 north near St. Catherine Street.

Reiter was arrested without incident according to the report.

The deputy fire chief in Pleasure Ridge Park said one tire on the ambulance was damaged, but was quickly repaired and put back in service.

Reiter has been charged with theft by unlawful taking auto, fleeing or evading police, criminal mischief, operating on a suspended or revoked license, improper use of red lights and possession or use of radio that sends and receives police messages according to the arrest citation.

LMPD's First Division is leading the investigation.

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