Charges expected after patient steals Grand Strand Medical Center ambulance with medics inside

Charges expected after patient steals Grand Strand Medical Center ambulance with medics inside
(Source: HNN File)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Police say no one was hurt Sunday after a patient stole an EMS unit, leading authorities on a chase.

Horry County Police say the incident began while transporting a mental patient to Grand Strand Medical Center for placement into Emergency Protective Custody around 7:10 a.m. Sunday morning.

Upon arrival, officials say the suspect threatened hospital staff before eluding security and staff on a foot chase. That is when, according to police, the suspect exited the hospital near the EMS unit bay.

According to HCPD, at approximately 9:47 a.m., the subject stole an Horry County Fire Rescue ambulance that was parked in the bay with two individuals and a medic in the back.

Police say the subject then drove the ambulance around the hospital’s parking lot, causing damage to property along the way.

Myrtle Beach Police were able to apprehend the suspect in 5 minutes according to a release. No one was injured in the incident.

The incident remains under investigation by Horry County Police Department, however charges are expected to be filed in the case.

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