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ER patient steals ambulance then crashes into PTAP

A patient at the Columbus Regional Medical Center is now spending time in the Muscogee County Jail after police say he stole an ambulance from the Emergency Room, drove away and then crashed into a business.

Columbus police officers responded to PTAP, Perfect Touch Automotive Playground, located at 306 13th Street in Columbus just before midnight Monday in reference to a single vehicle crash. When officers arrived on the scene they found an ambulance that had crashed into the side of the business.

Upon further investigation police say they found the driver of the wrecked ambulance, 36 year old Johnnie Carter, had actually stolen the vehicle from a Mid Georgia Ambulance driver outside the hospital's ER. Reports show the vehicle was valued at $115,000.

Police reports show Carter drove down Center Street, turned right onto 13th Street, where they say he lost control and ran into the building that sits on the corner of 3rd Avenue and 13th Street.

Police reports also show the driver of the ambulance was thrown from the vehicle before Carter drove away.

Police arrested Johnnie Carter and charged him with theft by taking a motor vehicle, aggravated assault, criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree, crossing a center line, and striking a fixed object. He is being held in the Muscogee County Jail until his Recorder's Court hearing Wednesday at 8 a.m.

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