Police & Fire

Fort Kent patient drives off with ambulance

FORT KENT, Maine — A patient at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent drove off in an ambulance parked outside the emergency room on Wednesday, Dec. 2. 

Fort Kent Police responded to a call from a hospital employee at around 5 p.m. reporting that the patient had driven off in an ambulance belonging to the town of Howland. 

A few minutes later, Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier came across the ambulance parked at the Gas and Go convenience store on Main Street.

Pelletier took the driver of the ambulance, Craig Cyr, 31, of Madawaska, into custody without incident. Police transported Cyr to the hospital and later charged him with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The ambulance was returned undamaged to the Howland ambulance crew.

Officers Cole Pelletier and Caleb Jandreau assisted with the investigation. 

Cyr will appear Monday, Feb. 1, at Fort Kent District Court.

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