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Suspected DUI driver takes off with van and patients

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 31-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly stole an ambulance parked outside of Scripps Mercy Hospital with two patients inside Monday while impaired.

The driver of an ambulance transporting three patients stopped at the hospital, located at 4077 5th Ave, at 6:18 p.m. to drop one of them off, said San Diego police Sgt. Jordan Wells.

The driver left the vehicle running while escorting the patient inside and returned to see the ambulance being driven away by an unknown man, Wells said.

The ambulance was located through GPS at Fourth and Walnut avenues where the suspect was trying to drop off the other two patients, Wells said.

The suspect, identified as Saeed Salmeron-Cervantes, was arrested on suspicion of stealing the vehicle, kidnapping the two patients and DUI, Wells said.

The patients were unharmed, Wells said.

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