10/9/23 Yakima, WA – Man Transported To Hospital In Ambulance – Walked Out Of The Hospital And Stole The Ambulance – Officers Stopped Him – Arrested

Man arrested after stealing ambulance from Vanderbilt

October 9, 2023


A 43-year-old Yakima man has been arrested for stealing the ambulance that transported him to a Yakima Hospital on Monday. Yakima Police say David Bright was taken to the hospital for what police say was “treatment” however it’s not clear what kind of treatment he was supposed to receive.

Police say after he arrived at Multicare Yakima Memorial Hospital at about 9:00 am Monday he was taken into the emergency room. But he quickly walked out and drove off in the ambulance. The vehicle had been parked in front of the emergency entrance to the hospital with unlocked doors and keys still in the ignition.

Yakima Police were called and started searching for the stolen ambulance driven by the 43-year-old Yakima man. The Ambulance was eventually spotted in the area of 40th and Fruitvale. Officers stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver, David Bright. They say after he was arrested he was “mumbling irrelevant information.”

Bright was taken into custody and booked into the Yakima County jail. He’s facing a charge of vehicle theft. Police say The ambulance was not damaged during the time it was stolen.