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Fredonia student charged with stealing ambulance

Police in Fredonia have arrested a SUNY Fredonia student on a variety of charges after an ambulance was stolen in the early morning hours of New Year's Day.

Police said Arda Gokce, 23, refused to cooperate with officers, but was eventually taken into custody after they found him inside the ambulance, which was stuck on a lawn on College Parkway.

Ambulance personnel had answered a medical emergency call on Central Avenue at around 3 a.m. and when they left the home the ambulance was gone. Police said Gokce had driven up a curb and struck several signs before getting stuck.

A damage estimate for the $240,000 vehicle was not immediately available.

Gokce faces the following charges: DWI, aggravated DWI, unlicensed driver, speed not reasonable and prudent, failure to keep right, driving on the sidewalk, obstructing emergency medical services, obstructing government administration, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and criminal mischief in the fourth degree.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.