SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A Charlestown man was arrested on several charges after he allegedly stole an emergency medical service vehicle.

South Kingstown police said that around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, an EMS vehicle was stolen from the back parking lot of the South Kingstown EMS South Station.

The vehicle was later found unoccupied in the breakdown lane of I-95 North in Cranston, which sparked a search for the suspect, Ryan Manning.

Manning, 34, was found about an hour later walking in the area where the vehicle was recovered, according to police. He tried to run off, but was quickly captured.

Following the arrest, police said their investigation revealed that Manning was at South County Hospital where he allegedly stole a security guard’s phone and attempted to steal a car from the parking lot.

Manning then proceeded to take the emergency vehicle from the EMS station next door, according to police.

South Kingstown Police Chief Matthew Moynihan praised the work of both his department and Rhode Island State Police.

“Thankfully for the quick action and strong communication between our South Kingstown officers and Rhode Island State Police, the EMS vehicle was recovered without damage and Ryan Manning was apprehended without incident,” Moynihan said. “This is an excellent example of how our law enforcement agencies work effectively together for a successful outcome.” 

Manning was held overnight and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Washington County District Court on charges including possession of stolen vehicle.