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.

Comments (45)
  1. Kevin Sorrels says:

    I really have nothing to say, just wanted to be the first one.

      1. Michael says:

        Two questions: did he possess a drivers’ license and when did his brain die?

    1. Gibbs Bentley says:

      “Attention to health is life’s greatest hindrance.”
      – Plato


  2. CCC says:

    I think we are supposed to lock the doors on scene?

  3. Snarky Malarkey says:

    “When Credit was arrested, there was a noticeable puncture wound to his head.”

    At least he was wounded in his least vital organ…

    1. Gregg Mcphedrain says:

      I’M thinking a dumb bad lawyer could see – headwound trauma – my client wasn’t in his right mind your honor – defense….

      1. 1389AD says:

        There may actually be some truth to that.

        People don’t think clearly when they’ve had a severe blow to the head, especially when they have also lost a considerable amount of blood. Head wounds generally bleed a lot.

        The dude probably thought he was going to die if he didn’t get to a hospital, and he wasn’t too lucid about getting there through normal channels.

  4. Spencer B says:

    Can’t they do anything right?

  5. Buck O'Fama says:

    The only thing to his credit is his name otherwise he is an utterly bankrupt sack of flesh.

  6. sasquatcho says:

    obamacare is way more awesome than I thought it would be

  7. rex dart eskimo spy says:

    Is this the credit crisis everyone is talking about?

  8. Gregg Mcphedrain says:

    I cannot believe they are going to charge this guy with anything other thank – boyscout smart…
    open friggin’ headwound trumps eveyerthing… he was ‘so out of it’ he left the emt’s not sure who they were… only know he had to get to the hospital… ‘

  9. Robby Gonzalez says:

    Hey, wait a minute . . . is this another of Obama’s illegal alien relatives like Auntie Zutuni and drunk-driving Uncle Omar? The family seems to settle in the Boston area, but he looks a lot like Barry.

    1. Gregg Mcphedrain says:

      it’s the bad clone

  10. John Peters says:

    At least public pressure has forced the cops to behave properly rather than calling out the SWAT team, shooting him 20 times or pepper spraying him.

    1. Buddy P says:

      Do you ever read what you write before you hit the “Send” button?

      I can’t really believe that you think that law enforcemnt officers go out on their shift everyday hoping to shoot or pepper spray someone.

      1. Jim says:

        Maybe you didn’t read the article about the Tampa Police Pepper spraying an elderly man while he was tied up in a chair…sprayed him “at least” 10 times, according to witnesses, while he had a gag, (a Spit Cloth) over his mouth so he couldn’t breath…he died on the way to the hospital. His crime? Celebrating on his vacation too much, got a little loud and obnoxious, had a few to many drinks….so, yeah, John was right….

    2. JohnnyDee says:

      I know, all the ‘pleasure reading’ has faded. I used enjoy reading about justice being served quickly and instantaneously. Now we have to settle for these drab reports and deal with massive legal fees and 24/7 care at taxpayer expense to pay for street urchins like Credit..

      Absolutely ridiculous, isn’t it?

  11. Tom Tucker says:

    Not to worry. After his release from the hospital, he intended to steal a police car to drive himself to the station to turn himself in.

  12. greg gutman says:

    obvious failure of Obamacare. Sick person had to drive Hisself to the ahpital.

  13. MattS says:

    When I saw the headline, I thought it had to do with Republican cutbacks in health care.

    1. Spanky says:

      “When I saw the headline, I thought it had to do with Republican cutbacks in health care.”

      Do you remember which party cut $500 BILLION from the Medicare budget in 2009?

      And do you know which party pushed reductions in funding Social Security?

      1. Spanky says:

        Plus, the increase in health care costs has gotten larger since Obamacare was enacted. And 4 million people lost company sponsored health insurance. That’s the effect of Obamacare – less health care, more cost.

  14. jbthe4th says:

    I think it an excellent cost cutting idea (and no doubt more ideas yet to come once Obamacare kicks into high gear). It’s an obvious way to save money, cut out the middleman 🙂

  15. Guy Smiley says:

    Only in Tampa

  16. Rally2xs says:

    Lessee, the guy was stabbed or shot in the head, probably concussed as well, and he’s still supposed to be able to think rationally and do the right thing 100% of the time. I don’t think so, and believe they ought to give him a break, fer cryin’ out loud.

  17. TJG says:

    So this guy had no consideration for the person that this ambulance is actually meant for?

  18. Keitel the pimp says:

    He was impersonating Bill Cosby from “Mother, Juggs and Speed” and driving around looking for Rachel Welch.

  19. Jive Dadson says:

    If I am on the jury, I say not guilty. He should make compensation to the ambulance company though,.

  20. Ferrell Aepps says:

    another chimp dressed in human clothes

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