A man in an inebriated state admitted his friend, who had a leg injury, at a hospital in Chennai and then coolly drove his way back home in an ambulance parked in the premises, as per a report in DT Next.
The man has been identified as Nikhil Mintra, and he runs a restaurant in Nungambakkam.
Late on Sunday night, the man reached the hospital with his friend who had a leg injury.
Since he was in a hurry and could not wait for his friend to be discharged, he left behind his car for her.
According to the police, he wanted to take a taxi back home but as he was unable to find any, so he drove off in an ambulance parked in the premises.
He later asked his driver to take the ambulance back to the hospital. The driver drove it back but parked it another branch of the hospital.
The hospital authorities, after realising that one of their ambulances was missing, filed a complaint with the Thousand Lights police station.
After the ambulance was traced to the other branch of the hospital, Nikhil was picked up questioning. Nikhil acknowledged that he was under the influence of alcohol and tendered a written apology to the hospital.
No case was registered against him as the hospital withdrew their complaint after the missing ambulance was traced.
The Chennai city police has been on a massive campaign against drunken driving. The police have recommended the cancellation of at least 15,620 driving licences this year, leading to regional transport offices (RTO) cancelling 6,421 licences of people driving under the influence of alcohol, reports TOI.