Man arrested after taking an ambulance because he was “impatient for a ride home”

PONCHATOULA — A 28-year-old from Ponchatoula was arrested for being in possession of a stolen ambulance in Tangipahoa Parish.

Geoffrey Armstrong, of Ponchatoula, was arrested

TPSO Sheriff Daniel Edwards said just before 11:00 am on Tuesday, Sept. 19, deputies were alerted to a stolen Acadian Ambulance, which was being tracked by GPS on Interstate 55 between LaPlace and Manchac.

According to Acadian Ambulance, the emergency vehicle was taken from a hospital in Jefferson Parish, and was seen headed north towards Tangipahoa Parish. Deputies and other law enforcement agencies began to stage on the interstate and at numerous exits awaiting the ambulance to pass through, all while Acadian Ambulance continued to monitor their GPS system.

While sitting stationary at mile post 20 just south of Ponchatoula, a deputy saw the ambulance pass by and pulled over the driver. The driver, later identified as Armstrong, complied and pulled the ambulance to the shoulder of the interstate. With the assistance of the Louisiana State Police and Ponchatoula Police Department, Armstrong was taken into custody without incident.

After speaking with Armstrong, he told deputies he was growing impatient waiting for a ride home, and therefore “acquired” an ambulance so he could return to Ponchatoula. 

Armstrong was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on one count of felony possession of stolen property. 

The ambulance was returned to Acadian Ambulance personnel in good condition, and the investigation into how Armstrong “acquired” the vehicle is being led by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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