GONZALES, La. - On Sunday, May 5, at approximately 9:00 a.m., City of Gonzales Police Officer Tyson Dennis observed a Natchitoches Regional Medical Center ambulance at the intersection of Hwy. 30 and Hwy 44. The ambulance had extensive damage to the front bumper/grill area, as well as a broken windshield.
Upon closer inspection, Officer Dennis observed that the driver was in civilian clothes. Officer Dennis conducted a traffic stop on the ambulance, due to him not being able to see the attached license plate.
The driver,Clayton Young Florane,40, of 237 Beall St. Bogalusa, exited the ambulance and admitted that he had stolen it from the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. Upon being released from the hospital, Florane stole the ambulance as he needed a ride home.
Florane was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail for one count of LaRS 14:69 Felony Possession of Stolen Goods and one count of LaRS 32:415 Driving Under Suspension.
Contact was made with the Natchitoches Police Department, who advised that the ambulance was stolen from the hospital at approximately 5:30 a.m., and that they were in the process of entering it into the NCIC database and getting a warrant for Florane.
When representatives from the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center arrived in Gonzales to retrieve the ambulance, they advised that a convenience store in Sorrento had information about the ambulance ramming a concrete barrier in their parking lot. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Department was called to investigate that incident.