Police say Joseph Sandlin, of Anderson, stole ambulance, crashed it into five parked cars

Man admitted taking bath salts, police say

ANDERSON, Ind. - A man was arrested Friday morning after he stole an ambulance and crashed it into five parked cars, Anderson police said.

Joseph Sandlin, 27, of Anderson, faces charges of theft, operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs, leaving the scene of a crash and operating a vehicle without a license.

The ambulance had been dispatched on a call to the Delaware Court apartments at 120 W. 10th St.

"While medics were attending to their patient, Joseph Sandlin jumped into the unattended ambulance and drove it to Main Street, where he crashed into five parked cars, causing significant property damage to the ambulance and to the cars," Detective Joel Sandefur said in a news release.

Officers said they found Sandlin sitting in the driver's seat of the ambulance and that he admitted taking hydrocodone, several other pills and bath salts.

Sandlin told the arresting officer that he had taken the ambulance "because he wanted to find a police car and wreck into it so that we would shoot him," police said.

No one was injured.

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