Patrick Ford reportedly stole an EMS Task Force apparatus from a staging area at an Atlantic City (NJ) convention for emergency responders and took it for a joyride before being arrested, reports NJ.com.
The 31-year-old Ford, of Clementon, was arrested Tuesday and charged with theft and two counts of criminal mischief, police officials say. They add that he took the emergency off-road vehicle from a Harrah’s Resort parking lot around 9:30 p.m. Monday before he crashed into several parked vehicles and other objects.
Ford then drove through a gate and onto the Boardwalk at Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, according to the report, before his joyride ended when he parked the vehicle near Iowa Avenue and left the scene.
The New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Association had its annual conference at Harrah’s from Sunday through Wednesday of this week, the report notes.
Police are investigating, but they do not believe Ford is an EMT or first responder; additional charges are pending.