Bizarre crime strikes at Wisconsin ski area

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 10, 2010 6:07 pm

A scene more suited to an episode of “Cops” played out late Monday afternoon at Tyrol Basin Ski & Snowboard Area in Mt. Horeb, Wis. According to Associated Press reports, Nicholas A. Pontillo, 24, of Lake Villa, Ill., was arrested for allegedly trying to steal an ambulance from the ski-area parking lot. With paramedics and a patient in the back of the ambulance at the time, the engaged emergency brake helped to prevent the heist from making it out of the parking lot. As might be expected, authorities also charged Pontillo with driving while intoxicated. The southern Wisconsin ski area is located about 25 miles west of Madison, Wis.