A Hodgenville man was arrested Friday night and charged with stealing an ambulance from Hardin Memorial Hospital.

A GPS tracking system led police to an address on Hodgenville Road, where the ambulance was found abandoned, according to the Elizabethtown Police Department. Police units searched the area and located Jason Chelf, 43, who matched the suspect description. Upon questioning by authorities, a department news release said Chelf admitted to taking the ambulance, although his motive remains unclear.

EPD arrived at HMH around 6 p.m. Friday. The ambulance had been stolen from the ambulance bay at the hospital while it was waiting to transport a patient, the release stated.

Chelf was charged with theft of an automobile of more than $10,000 — a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted.

He was released Monday from the Hardin County Detention Center after a $25,000 unsecured bond was posted on his behalf.

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