A Roane County man has been charged with three criminal counts in Kanawha and Clay counties after allegedly stealing two different vehicles, including an ambulance, Memorial Day weekend.
On Sunday, Kenneth Wayne Nottingham, 30, of Pigeon, stole a 2018 Hyundai Elantra out of a woman’s driveway while she and her husband were fishing on the riverbank nearby, according to a criminal complaint.
The woman told officers the vehicle was parked there before she left and the keys had been on her front porch.
At around 10:30 p.m., officers responded back to the victim’s neighborhood because they had located the car and Nottingham. The officer reported that Nottingham was “talking out of his mind,” so he made the decision to send him to Charleston Area Medical Center’s General Hospital for medical evaluation, the complaint said.
The next evening after being treated as a patient, Nottingham, still wearing a hospital gown, was seen on surveillance camera footage getting into a City of Charleston ambulance that was parked outside of the hospital, according to the complaint.
Nottingham began driving east on Washington Street East and traveled north on Interstate 79 where an officer learned of his whereabouts. The officer tracked Nottingham through various parts of Clay County and finally located him on Independence Mountain.
According to the complaint, Nottingham told the officer that he stole the ambulance “to get a ride home from the hospital.”
Nottingham’s Clay County charges include grand larceny and receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle. In Kanawha County, he’s charged with grand larceny.
Nottingham is being held at the Central Regional Correctional Facility in Flatwoods on $50,000 cash bond for the Kanawha County charge and $20,000 or 10 percent cash for the Clay County offenses.