Ga. patient steals, wrecks ambulance

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 7:50 AM
Last updated 7:52 AM
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COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A hospital patient accused of taking an ambulance from The Medical Center and crashing it into a 13th Street business late Monday did it because “the voices inside his head told him to steal the ambulance and wreck it,” Columbus police reports state.

Police tell the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that Johnnie Carter, 36, of Seale, Ala., dragged a paramedic some 20 feet before he fled the hospital about 11:50 p.m. Carter wrecked the ambulance moments later at PTAP, 306 13th St. He was arrested at the scene and is at the Muscogee County Jail pending his Columbus Recorder’s Court hearing today, said police Lt. William Orlich.

The ambulance driver was at hospital doing some paperwork with the ambulance’s engine running when Carter, described in police reports as a psychiatric patient, stepped outside, Orlich added.

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