Man charged with stealing ambulance from Beaufort Memorial Hospital

mmcnab@beaufortgazette.comJune 21, 2013 

Clifton McNeill

A St. Helena Island man accused of stealing an ambulance Tuesday from outside Beaufort Memorial Hospital was released from the hospital Friday and taken to jail, police said.

Clifton McNeill, 34, was discharged from Beaufort Memorial at 12:30 p.m. and taken straight to the Beaufort County Detention Center, according to Deputy Chief Dale McDorman of the Beaufort Police Department.

There, McNeill was charged with use of a vehicle without permission, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He is being held for prosecution in lieu of bail, according to the jail log.

McNeill had been taken to the hospital by EMS for an undisclosed "medical reason," according to Beaufort police.

At about 5:10 p.m. Tuesday, he removed his I.V., left a treatment room and forced open the emergency room exit, a news release said. Wearing only sweat pants, he drove off in a Beaufort County EMS ambulance that had been left running outside the ER. He drove the wrong way on Ribaut Road for nearly a mile before being stopped.

He was removed from the ambulance after struggling with officers and EMS workers, and police subdued him with a stun gun.

Police returned him to the hospital, where he remained until he was released Friday.

No injuries or damage was reported from the incident.

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