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Lyons police: Man on PCP found in ambulance stolen at Stroger Hospital in Chicago

Published: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 2:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:54 p.m. CDT
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Brian Ollie, 53, of the 2500 block of West 79th Street, Chicago, was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle, criminal damage to government property and two counts of battery after he was found in an ambulance parked in Lyons that was reported stolen in Chicago on Sunday.

LYONS – Lyons police officers called to a Burger King at First and Ogden avenues to investigate a report of a suspicious ambulance parked in the restaurant's parking lot at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday discovered a man high on PCP inside and that the ambulance had been stolen in Chicago, according to Lyons police Cmdr. Brian Kuratko.

Officers allegedly found Brian Ollie, 53, of the 2500 block of West 79th Street, Chicago, in the back of the ambulance, which was parked in the middle of the Burger King parking lot with the keys still in the ignition. Ollie, who told officers he was high on PCP, was found going through the ambulance's cabinets, according to Kuratko. He told police he didn't remember how he got in the ambulance, or to Lyons, Kuratko said.

Later, after Ollie was placed in a holding cell at the Lyons Police Department, he allegedly damaged a security camera and a fire sprinkler inside the cell, causing it to flood. When officers tried to remove him from the cell, he fought back, Kuratko said. Ollie was subdued and moved to another holding cell while the water was cleaned up.

The private ambulance Ollie was found in was reported stolen from John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County in Chicago as it was parked while paramedics were dropping off a patient earlier on Sunday evening.

Police said no one from the hospital or Burger King could identify Ollie as the person who stole the vehicle or drove it to Lyons. Ollie was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle, Kuratko said, and additional charges of criminal damage to government property and two counts of battery were added later for damage Ollie allegedly committed inside his holding cell and for fighting with officers.

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