Ambulance stolen from St. Charles Parish crashes with Louisiana State Police units in Baton Rouge, causes traffic snarls

Staff Report
Louisiana State Police released a photo of the wrecked Acadian Ambulance involved in the morning incident.

An ambulance reportedly hijacked early Jan. 28 in St. Charles Parish led to a pursuit before crashing into Louisiana State Police vehicles in Baton Rouge.

According to a St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office release, the incident occurred around 3 a.m. when deputies responded to an Ochsner Hospital in reference to a stolen vehicle.

Acadian Ambulance was reportedly dropping off a 38-year-old patient, Jeremy McCurly, of Baton Rouge, at the hospital to receive medical care.

As EMS personnel were preparing to unload, the patient was able to enter the driver's area and flee in the vehicle, deputies said.

Other responding deputies reported spotting the ambulance at the intersection of Hwy. 90 and Interstate 310, just west of the New Orleans area.

Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle with lights and sirens, but the suspect reportedly continued traveling northbound on Interstate 310.

The pursuit was terminated, and deputies later learned McCurly was located and captured in East Baton Rouge Parish.

According to initial reports from both WBRZ-TV and WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, the ambulance struck two Louisiana State Police vehicles before stopping near Acadian and Perkins around 4 a.m.

The incident caused hours of traffic delays, the stations reported.

McCurly reportedly was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and will be booked into jail after he is released from medical care.

Troop A update

Troopers released an update later in the day, providing further details on the incident.

Troopers added that they attempted to stop the ambulance in St. James Parish, but it continued to travel west on Interstate 10 toward Baton Rouge.

Once there, troopers successfully deployed a tire deflation device on the ambulance; however, McCurly refused to stop and proceeded to ram the rear of a fully marked Louisiana State Police patrol unit. After striking the LSP unit, another responding trooper rammed the ambulance to disable the vehicle and end the pursuit.

According to LSP, McCurly proceeded to flee the scene on foot and jumped off the Perkins Road overpass sustaining moderate injuries as a result of the fall.

He was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for treatment. Once medically cleared, police said McCurly will be booked for several criminal charges, including Theft and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Flight from Officers, and numerous traffic violations.

The Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations responded to the scene to conduct a use of force investigation due to the intentional ramming of the stolen vehicle.

This is an active investigation and further information will be released when it becomes available, according to LSP.