Greater Manchester Police responded to reports that a group of people had got out of an ambulance at Harpurhey Asda car park on Wednesday.
Officers then tracked down the driver whom they discovered was disqualified and also wanted by the courts.
The ambulance was subsequently seized and the driver arrested.
GMP said in a tweet the ambulance was “reportedly carrying a family when it arrived at #Asda Harpurhey with blue lights flashing.
“Occupants promptly went inside to do their shopping,” the force added.
The ambulance was “believed to have been purchased second hand. The driver has been arrested and is now en-route to custody”.
It was not immediately clear exactly how many people had been inside the ambulance and whether the driver was part of the family.
On Thursday morning, GMP announced that the driver has been charged with a number of offences.
Blessing Mukaukira, of no fixed abode, is charged with driving while disqualified and driving without a license.
He is also charged with driving without insurance, using a vehicle with unauthorised blue lights and failing to appear at court.
He has been remanded in custody and is set to appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court later on Thursday.