ATLANTA, June 28 (UPI) -- Police on Sunday said they apprehended a man accused of carjacking and crashing a hearse containing a dead body.
The suspect drove the Ford Flex hearse from Willie A. Watkins Funeral home off a loading dock at Grady Hospital in Atlanta after workers moved a corpse from the hospital's morgue to the vehicle.
According to police, the suspect, who has not been named, damaged the vehicle as he rammed the morgue entrance gate before eventually abandoning the hearse and carjacking a Ford Explorer a few blocks away.
Police located the suspect and took him into custody. They say he did not show a firearm when stealing the hearse.
Similar incidents played out late last year. In December, a man who police suspected was mentally ill stole a hearse containing a casket and body from outside a Baptist church in Los Angeles, and the previous month, a 49-year-old man with dementia who had wandered from a nearby nursing home stole a hearse that held the body of a human rights lawyer in Sydney, Australia.