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UPDATE: Rehab patient discharged from Bergen Hospital steals ambulance and gets caught by NJ State Police


A man just released from a detoxification program was arrested by state officers on the Garden State Parkway after he stole an ambulance outside of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus early Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Daniel Grant Wyres, 37, of Marlton boarded the unattended ambulance and drove away from the facility on East Ridgewood Avenue at 12:50 p.m., Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton said.

The ambulance company was notified and began tracking the rig, he said.

The ambulance was pulled over less than 15 minutes later on the Garden State Parkway near exit 157 in Elmwood Park, just over seven miles from the hospital, Cureton said.

State police turned him over to the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, which handles incidents at the non-profit facility operated by Care Plus Bergen, Inc.

Sheriff’s officers charged him with theft.

Local police had received an unconfirmed 911 call from Wyres, who was attacked by two men on the parkway before being arrested. It was initially unclear who they were or what might have led to the alleged confrontation. The authorities investigated.

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