An Orange County ambulance stolen in New Albany was stopped in Jackson County north of Seymour on Friday evening.
State Police reported that the driver of the vehicle, Larry R. Loughman, 43, of Jeffersonville,
failed to comply with officer’s commands and a taser was used on the driver which enabled him to be taken into custody.
According to ISP Sgt Jerry Goodin, around 6:35 p.m., an ambulance from the Orange County E.M.S. was parked at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on State Street in New Albany. While the ambulance crew was on a meal break one of the crew members saw someone stealing the ambulance. The New Albany City Police Department was called and a dispatch was put out on the stolen ambulance.
An off duty trooper saw the stolen ambulance a short time later northbound on Interstate 65 at the 10-mile marker in Clark County. Troopers caught up to the stolen ambulance at the 25-mile marker in Scott County and attempted to stop the vehicle.
The stolen ambulance refused to stop with speeds approaching 75 mph, and troopers pursued the vehicle up to the 39-mile marker north of Crothersville where stop sticks were deployed by law enforcement.
In an attempt to miss the stop sticks the stolen ambulance swerved and struck an Indiana State Police car with a trooper nearby. The trooper fired several shots with his handgun at the stolen ambulance striking the ambulance several times. No person was hit or injured by the shots that were fired.
Even though the stolen ambulance was struck it continued north on Interstate 65 crossing into the south bound lanes of Interstate 65 for a short period of time before cutting back through the median and back into the north bound lanes. As the pursuit approached the 49-mile marker south of Seymour stop sticks were deployed again and the stolen ambulance struck the stop sticks. The ambulance slowed down, but it did not stop, continuing north bound when at the 55-mile marker stop sticks were deployed again.
The stolen ambulance avoided the stop sticks but continued slowing until near the 56-mile marker where the stolen ambulance came to a stop and Loughman was taken into custody.