Suspect arraigned on three felonies for ambulance theft in Macomb County

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published February 4, 2019 | Updated February 11, 2019 3:30pm

 Gunnar Ahlson was video arraigned through 41-B District Court, in Clinton Township, and was charged with felony counts of carjacking, fleeing and eluding police, and assault with a dangerous weapon without intending to commit murder or create great bodily harm.

Gunnar Ahlson was video arraigned through 41-B District Court, in Clinton Township, and was charged with felony counts of carjacking, fleeing and eluding police, and assault with a dangerous weapon without intending to commit murder or create great bodily harm.

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP/SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A man has been arraigned after allegedly stealing an ambulance on Feb. 2.

On Feb. 4, Gunnar Theodore Ahlson, 42, of Farwell in Clare County, was video arraigned through 41-B District Court in Clinton Township, and was charged with felony counts of carjacking, fleeing and eluding police, and assault with a dangerous weapon without intending to commit murder or create great bodily harm.

The carjacking charge is punishable by life in prison. The fleeing and eluding charge is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or $1,000, with a driver’s license suspended for one year. The assault charge is punishable by up to four years in prison and/or $2,000.

When asked by Magistrate Ryan Zemke if he had any prior convictions and was on parole or probation, Ahlson confirmed he was on probation, but could not further elaborate.

Due to being on probation and allegedly committing three felonies, Zemke set Ahlson’s bond at $100,000 cash or surety.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said Feb. 4 that the incident occurred while Ahlson was being transported to a psychiatric hospital in Auburn Hills via a MedStar ambulance.

Ahlson reportedly took control of the ambulance in the area of Groesbeck Highway and North Avenue in Mount Clemens.

“(The suspect) had a restraint on, got loose and started tussling with the guy in the back,” Maierle said.

It’s unknown how Ahlson released himself of his restraint. He then reportedly removed the ambulance driver from his seat and stole the ambulance.

Ahlson allegedly drove the ambulance north on Groesbeck, to Hall Road, where he made a turnaround and drove westbound toward Schoenherr Road. Clinton Township police units pursued the vehicle, traveling at “moderate speeds” on Hall Road near Romeo Plank Road.

Once Ahlson reached the intersection of Hall and Schoenherr, Shelby Township Police Department officers joined in the chase.

Shelby Township Police Deputy Chief Mark Coil said Ahlson struck a Macomb County Sheriff’s Office patrol car. After being boxed in by officers, Ahlson reportedly jumped a curb and hit a tree near a mobile home park. The chase concluded at that point.

Ahlson was granted a court-appointed attorney. A probable cause conference is expected to take place within the next 14 days, which will then be followed by a preliminary examination.

Staff Writer Kara Szymanski contributed to this report.

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