Martin charged with theft of ambulance

By Sheryl Roadcap -

SIDNEY — The man accused of stealing a Sidney Fire Department ambulance from Wilson Health on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, has been charged with theft.

Christian Martin, 24, 2325 Collins Ave., Apt. B, was charged with the fourth degree felony, after allegedly stealing and crashing the ambulance, causing injury and then fleeing the scene on foot.

According to the police report, on Jan. 28, Sidney Police and medics were dispatched to Martin’s apartment on the report of a combative and confused male who was possibly under the influence of drugs. When the police made contact with Martin, he was being held by a friend who said he had smoked synthetic marijuana a couple of days previously and had not been acting right since. The report said Martin appeared to be very out of it and asked the officer if he wanted to roll one and smoke one with him. When medics arrived, Martin was transported to Wilson Health for evaluation.

The police report said while at Wilson Health Martin stole the ambulance, headed westbound on Michigan Street and was driving recklessly. He turned northbound on Vandemark Road and then hit a vehicle driven by Larry Adams, 75, 227 Sandpiper Place, head on. This collision pushed Adam’s vehicle into the vehicle behind him driven by James Darden, 53, 610 W. Hoewisher Road.

Martin then fled the scene on foot. He jumped into an SUV and tried to get the driver to drive him from the scene, but instead he was subdued by several citizens until police arrived and arrested him.

Martin, Adams and Adams’ passenger Rebecca Adams, 66, 227 Sandpiper Place, were transported by Sidney Fire Department to Wilson Health.

The ambulance and the two other vehicles were towed from the scene.

Martin was also charged with driving with a suspended license and cited with willful or wanton disregard to others’ safety on the roadway.

By Sheryl Roadcap

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.