A man who stole an ambulance last spring while high on meth and naked will be serving less time in prison than his original sentence.

Originally, Marlon Elijah Whincup was sentenced to 30 months in prison. However, the Manitoba Court of Appeal has ruled that a math error resulted in the 30-month sentence being issued rather than an intended 22 months.

Whincup was trying to receive even less time in the appeal but his request was rejected.

He pleaded guilty to several charges including theft and dangerous driving from the May 29, 2020 incident. Paramedics had seen the man in distress, naked and in a recycling bin, on Notre Dame Street when they pulled over to help him.

Whincup jumped into the ambulance and drove away before crashing it into the Portuguese Cultural Centre on Young Street. The incident destroyed the $200,000 ambulance.