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Police: Tampa Man Steals Ambulance, Tries To Drive Self To Hospital For Treatment

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Mug shot of Hubert Lee Credit. (credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)

Mug shot of Hubert Lee Credit. (credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

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TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – When it came to getting medical attention, stealing an ambulance and driving it to the hospital wasn’t such a bad idea at the time for one Tampa man.

Hubert Lee Credit, 39, was arrested last night after he stole an ambulance and drove himself to the hospital for treatment for injuries from what Credit claims to have been an earlier altercation with four men.

At around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Transcare Ambulance responded to a medical call. As ambulance personnel were responding to a patient, Credit started up the ambulance and began to drive off, with the emergency lights activated, according to Tampa Police. A GPS unit was able to track where the ambulance was heading. About five minutes after the incident began, police were able to stop the ambulance at N. Tampa St. and E. 26th Ave., according to Tampa Police.

Credit explained to police that he had gotten into an altercation earlier and needed medical attention, thus his reasoning for driving off in the ambulance toward the hospital. When Credit was arrested, there was a noticeable puncture wound to his head.

“I got beat up by four guys,” Credit said, according to Tampa Police. “I saw the ambulance and I was going to drive myself to the hospital.”

Shortly thereafter, he was transported to Tampa General Hospital for treatment.

Credit has been charged with auto burglary and grand theft auto. He remains in jail on $4,000 bond, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

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