Man charged with stealing ambulance in Austin

Levar Beecham allegedly jumped into the ambulance while Chicago Fire Department paramedics were loading a patient into the back, authorities said.

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A man and a woman are in fair condition after they were injured in a crash August 2, 2020, in Hyde Park.

A man was charged with stealing an ambulance and crashing it June 7, 2020, in Austin on the West Side.

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A man is facing charges after allegedly stealing an ambulance and crashing Sunday in Austin on the West Side.

Levar Beecham, 43, was charged with a felony count of possession of a stolen vehicle and a misdemeanor count of driving without a license, Chicago police said.

Beecham allegedly jumped into an ambulance about 2:30 p.m. in the 5100 block of West Washington Boulevard as Chicago Fire Department paramedics were loading a patient inside, police said.

The ambulance crashed about a block away in the 100 block of North Laramie Avenue, where Beecham was taken into custody, police said.

He is scheduled to appear at a bond hearing Monday.

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