READING, Pa. - The man accused of stealing a Reading ambulance during an emergency call said he did so because "he wanted to go for a spin," according to court documents.
Kevin Fountain, of Reading, is facing a slew of charges after allegedly stealing the ambulance while it was left running outside the Abraham Lincoln Hotel at 5th and Washington streets Saturday morning. Police said Fountain then led police on a nearly 10-mile pursuit in multiple municipalities before being taken into custody in Exeter Township.
Felony charges against Fountain include theft and fleeing police, according to Reading police. He is also charged with driving without a valid license. Police said Fountain's driver's license expired way back in 1992.
Fountain is also accused of using a false name to identify himself. According to court documents, when police asked Fountain for his name, he identified himself as Casey Stengel, which is the same name as a legendary professional baseball manager.
Immediately after the ambulance was stolen around 6 a.m. Saturday, Reading police issued an alert to authorities throughout the region, and the ambulance was spotted by police in Boyertown a short time later.
Boyertown police said the driver of the stolen ambulance, Kevin Fountain, then led police on a nearly 10-mile pursuit, but not at high speeds. The driver was nabbed in Exeter Township after police placed spike strips along Route 562.
Fountain was taken into custody around 7 a.m. Saturday Police said no one was injured in the incident. The patient at the hotel was transported without incident by another ambulance.
Reading police said the 2013 ambulance -- valued at $180,000 -- did not have any visible damage.
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