Teenager charged with stealing ambulance

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A teenager is charged with trying to steal an ambulance.

Police said 18-year-old girl Gabrille Campbell jumped behind the wheel of the emergency vehicle at Regional Medical Center Wednesday night.

Dionne Buckley said she was sitting on a bench outside the hospital next to the teen when she started acting crazy and jumped up with an even crazier idea.

"You really want to know what I said to her?" Buckley told a WREG reporter. "I said, '(Expletive), you are crazy! I don't know you, and I'm not getting caught up in your (expletive)!'"

Buckley said she couldn't believe what Campbell asked her to do.

"She tells me, 'Come on! Come on!' And I said, 'Where you going?' She said, 'I'm going over here to get in that ambulance!'" Buckley said.

Buckley said Campbell jumped behind the wheel of an MFD ambulance that was left with the keys in the ignition.

"She opened the door of the ambulance and looked in a patient's room," she said. "The next thing I know, the security guard came out."

Dolley Renigar said her family member was involved in a serious accident recently and needed an ambulance, so she's mad anyone would try and steal one.

"That ambulance could've had to head to someone who really needed it. Then she was trying to steal it," Renigar said. "Ridiculous!"

Memphis Fire tells WREG drivers are supposed to secure their vehicles, and they're investigating how Campbell had the keys.

Buckley said anyone who would even think about swiping an emergency vehicle has to be crazy.

"When she jumped up and said, 'Come on,' I knew something wasn't right," she said.

Campbell is charged with theft of property.


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