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.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for San Diego County inland valleys, mountains, and deserts. The warning is valid for Monday morning through Thursday evening
A man accused of stealing a car led police on a slow speed chase on Sunday that ended with the suspect in custody.
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing and so is the superhero-themed fashion! Celebrities like Sarah Paulson, Sonequa Martin-Green and Camila Mendes, among many other stylish ladies, rocked a bevy of leather, nylon and pleather to attend the annual comic book convention.
Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died Saturday morning on a sidewalk in Old Town.
A suspected drunk driver was shot by sheriff's deputies after leading them on a pursuit across North County freeways Friday night, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.
Fire crews responded to a fully involved building fire in the 7000 block of Amherst Drive in Rolando.
The woman fatally shot at an Oceanside apartment Friday afternoon was identified as a Navy corpsman, and a suspect is in custody.
Warner Bros. brought out all the stops Saturday at Comic-Con with an army of stars, surprises and new footage from films like "Aquaman," ''Shazam!" and even "Wonder Woman 1984," which is only three and a half weeks into production.