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Ambulance Thief Receives Another Charge

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The man accused of stealing and crashing an ambulance on Saturday is scheduled to appear in Big Horn County District Court on Tuesday.

According to the Big Horn County Sheriff's Office, 29-year-old Cody Lee Paine was arrested Saturday night after stealing and American Medical Response ambulance from Billings. After leading Montana Highway Patrol troopers past Hardin, deputies said Paine crashed the ambulance and was arrested. Big Horn County Sheriff, Michael Fuss, said Paine was charged with felony criminal endangerment, eluding a peace officer, and driving under the influence. Paine has also been charged with criminal mischief because authorities report he was destroying the jail cell in Big Horn County.

According to AMR Operations Director, Greg Pulver, each new ambulance costs nearly $110,000 with all the upgraded materials. Pulver says AMR is prepared to operate in full compliance while being down one vehicle in the fleet. "We have spare vehicles in our fleet that we are able to go and place into service. We are used to taking vehicles in and out of service at all times for regular maintenance. So, we're able to adapt very easily," Pulver said.

Pulver said all the disposable instruments in the ambulance were thrown away after the wreck. The rest of the medical equipment will be tested to ensure proper safety.

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