Police: R.I. boy with autism crashes ambulance taken from station

COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) — Police say a boy with autism took an ambulance from a Rhode Island fire station and crashed it, leaving three with minor injuries.

The Coventry Police Department says officers were called to Route 117 on Thursday night and found the boy unsettled and walking on the road near his mother’s car.

Officers say the boy and his mother agreed to visit a nearby fire station so he could be evaluated.

At the station, the boy ran into a parked ambulance, locked the door and took off across Route 117, where he went off the road and crashed.


A motorcyclist crashed into the ambulance as it crossed the road, but the driver suffered only a broken finger.

The boy and a firefighter who tried to stop the ambulance also suffered minor injuries.