SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who admitted stealing an ambulance from Sharp Memorial Hospital and leading police on a 12-minute chase around Clairemont while drunk was sentenced Monday to five years and four months in state prison.
Paul Sos, 52, pleaded guilty on May 4 to DUI, auto theft and reckless driving charges.
Sos showed up at the hospital about 5 a.m. on April 3 and drove away 90 minutes later in the ambulance. The keys had been left in the vehicle, and it wasn't noticed missing until about 15 or 20 minutes later.
Prosecutors said Sos ran at least six red lights and stop signs -- while police trailed him with lights and sirens activated -- before hitting a spike strip that flattened the tires of the ambulance.
"Mr. Sos has severe alcoholism" and "was in a blind stupor" when the events occurred, defense attorney Michael Ruiz told Judge Eugenia Eyherabide.
Sos has three prior felony DUI and three misdemeanor DUI convictions, according to the District Attorney's Office.
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