NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Nashville Fire Department medical vehicle stolen from outside a Broadway honky tonk late Sunday night was found hours later in Jackson, according to investigators.
Metro police had responded around 11:45 p.m. to Broadway between Fourth Avenue and Representative John Lewis Way, where “Fast 9,” the fire department’s marked Chevrolet Tahoe, was reported stolen.
A medic was inside The Stage on Broadway treating a person with a broken ankle, when someone ran in and said a man had driven off in “Fast 9,” according to police.
Witnesses stated the thief was wearing a red shirt with “Jesus Loves You” written on it.
The man drove the Tahoe down Broadway toward Representative John Lewis Way, where witnesses reportedly lost sight of the vehicle.
A spokesperson for the Nashville Fire Department said the man who stole “Fast 9” had been treated by a medic earlier in the night, but refused transport to a hospital, and ran away before signing any paperwork.
The stolen Tahoe was located Monday morning in Jackson, about 130 miles away, with the help of an “alert resident,” the Nashville Fire Department revealed in a post on Twitter.
All of the gear was still inside the SUV, including a mounted computer system, radio system, personnel turnout gear and a medical bag with no medicine, according to the department.
Major Phillip Kemper with the Jackson Police Department said “Fast 9” had been located around 8:30 a.m. Monday in the area of Highway 70 and North Parkway.
“The case investigation is actively progressing,” Kemper said in a statement, as the search continued for the man responsible for stealing the medical vehicle.
When asked why “Fast 9” had been left running on Broadway, a spokesperson for the Nashville Fire Department responded: “Leaving the vehicle running is common practice. On emergency scenes, all equipment is generally left running so that the lights can make the public aware that there is an incident, as well as keeping the vehicles clear so they can leave the scene to the hospitals, etc. There are additional reasons why the equipment remains running but they are specific to each piece of equipment/unit. For example, Fire engines have to stay running to assist with the water flow.”
The department said there was no break in any protocol and no internal investigation had been launched.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the man who stole the medical SUV can call Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME or the Jackson Police Department at 731-425-8400.