A man was arrested in Macon after he was found driving a stolen ambulance naked and under the influence of drugs, deputies say.
According to a Facebook post made by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, H.E.A.T and S.R.T. Unit Deputies responded to a call from citizens who saw someone driving an ambulance aggressively and without headlights near Mercer University Drive. They reported that he had also been doing burnouts in a parking lot.
Deputies say that they chased the ambulance for a short while before it turned to a foot chase with the naked man on Eisenhower Parkway, where they were able to finally arrest 48-year-old Jermaine Baker.
The man reportedly had active warrants out of Bibb and Douglas Counties at the time of his arrest on Thursday.
He is now facing charges of driving on a suspended or revoked license, driving under the influence of drugs, probation violation, public indecency, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer for a felony offense, and theft by taking.
WGXA reached out to BSO, who replied with more information regarding the bizarre arrest.
Baker was employed by the owner of the ambulance as a painter, however, the owner had not given Baker permission to take the ambulance, according to reports from the Sheriff’s Office.
The reporting deputy stated that a citizen became concerned when the ambulance had no headlights or emergency lighting turned on and was forcing drivers into other lanes or off the roadways. Fearing that the behavior could lead to injuries, they called 911.
The deputy states that they attempted to stop the ambulance in a Cook Out parking lot on Brookhaven and the driver did slow down to a stop but, suddenly, took off again, driving up an embankment and over a curb.
Deputies gave chase on Brookhaven, toward Massey, to the Regency Inn on Eisenhower, where Baker circled the property until deputies blocked him in. Baker, then, exited the vehicle and attempted to run away, deputies say, and they were able to catch him quickly.
Deputies suspect that he may have been under the influence of cocaine or spice at the time of the theft.
Baker was checked out at a hospital and then booked into the Bibb County LEC.