Man Takes Paramedics' Van on Joyride: Cops

Police said a Woodbridge man drove over lawns in a paramedics' van.

As paramedics were responding to a medical emergency in Woodbridge on Tuesday evening, a man stole their SUV and took it on a ride over some residents' lawns, police said.

A paramedic unit and an ambulance from American Medical Response were dealing with a medical emergency inside a house on Barberry Lane in Woodbridge at 5:30 p.m. when the paramedic’s Ford Expedition disappeared from the driveway, police said.

An hour and 45 minutes later, state police were called to a parking lot in Southbury because someone was making a disturbance and they found Michael Issaev, 22, of Woodbridge, and the stolen SUV, Woodbridge police said.

He had driven over several lawns in Southbury before going to the store parking lot, police said.

State Police arrested him in connection with the vandalism and turned him over to Woodbridge Police to answer to charges involving the stolen paramedic unit.

Woodbridge police charged him with first-degree larceny, held him overnight and took him to Yale-New Haven Hospital for medical treatment.

Issaev will be arraigned in New Haven to Superior Court in New Haven after he is released from the hospital, police said.

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