It was an emergency.
That excuse might sometimes get you out of a speeding ticket, but Hubert Lee Credit couldn't justify allegedly stealing an ambulance to drive himself to the hospital, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
The 39-year-old told Tampa police "I got beat up by four guys," according to the Tampa Bay Times.
"I saw the ambulance, and I was going to drive myself to the hospital."
Credit, who had a puncture wound to the head, didn't get far. Authorities pulled him over just a mile away, using GPS. WTSP reports that he was treated at Tampa General hospital before being taken to his final destination -- jail.
As for the man for whom the ambulance was intended, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay dispatched another emergency crew, and he received treatment.