BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Motorists traveling on I-10 West encountered some delays on Friday morning.
According to Louisiana State Police, they were notified of the stolen ambulance shortly after 3 a.m. Friday. St. Charles Sheriff’s Office was pursuing the vehicle on I-10 until the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office initiated a second pursuit. LSP said the pursuit went into St. James Parish and continued toward East Baton Rouge Parish where troopers were able to deploy a tire deflation device.
The driver, identified by police as 38-year-old Jeremy McCurley of Baton Rouge, refused to stop as he rammed into the back of a state police unit. A responding trooper rammed the ambulance in an attempt to disable the vehicle, according to LSP. State police’s Bureau of Investigations responded to conduct a use of force investigation.
McCurley took off on foot and reportedly jumped off the Perkins Road overpass. LSP said he was moderately injured in the fall and taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for his injuries.
Authorities said once he is medically cleared, he will be booked on charges of theft and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, aggravated flight from officers and traffic violations.
An investigation remains ongoing.
This is a developing story and more information will be shared as it becomes available.