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.

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