A car fleeing a Bibb County sheriff’s deputy Thursday morning hit an ambulance that was carrying a patient.
No one was seriously injured, the sheriff’s office reported.
The deputy, Ricardo Merriweather, was on patrol along Mercer University Drive about 9:30 a.m. when he saw a 2014 Honda Civic and driver he recognized. The deputy knew there were warrants for the man’s arrest.
Here’s what happened from there, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office:
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The driver was identified as 40-year-old Jermaine Houston of Macon. The deputy knew authorities were looking for Houston, and Merriweather had taken out warrants on Houston himself in January.
When the deputy turned on his blue lights and tried to catch up to the Honda, Houston turned into the Summit Shopping Center parking lot on Bloomfield Road, almost losing control. The deputy pursued the vehicle back onto Mercer University Drive, up to Atwood Drive and then back to Mercer, where the Honda hit a Mid-Georgia ambulance that was in the middle turn lane near Edna Place Road.
After the wreck, the patient was loaded into another ambulance.
After that collision, the Honda hit a 2006 GMC Envoy, also on Mercer University Drive. The driver of the GMC, 72-year-old Jerry Rumph of Macon, was not injured.
Houston continued eastbound on Mercer University Drive, making a right turn toward Christian Drive, running up onto a grassy area at the corner of Christian Drive. The Honda struck a mailbox at 1740 Christian Drive, where Houston jumped out and ran off.
Authorities are looking for Houston, who will now be charged with trying to flee and elude a police officer, theft by receiving stolen property, reckless driving and driving while unlicensed.
Anyone with information on Houston’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.