An ambulance was stolen from outside St. Charles Parish Hospital on Friday morning by a patient who was being transported to the hospital for treatment, according to police.
The ambulance owned by Acadian Ambulance Service was dropping off a patient, Jermie McCurley, for medical treatment. But as EMS personnel prepared to unload him, he reportedly entered the front of the vehicle and drove away, fleeing in the ambulance according to the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office. The incident occurred at approximately 3 a.m.
St. Charles Parish deputies attempted to stop the vehicle while utilizing their police lights and sirens, but McCurley continued onto I-310 northbound refusing to pull over the ambulance.
In an effort to prevent erratic, dangerous driving behavior from McCurley as he attempted to evade police, the pursuit was called off, the Sheriff’s Office said.
A short time later, McCurley was located and captured in the Baton Rouge area.