A 27–year–old man attacked a Chatham County deputy, stole an ambulance and led dozens of police vehicles and a helicopter in a pursuit.
Melvin Williams III resisted arrest and was tased by Georgia state troopers who had boxed the ambulance in with their cars at Montgomery Street and Staley Avenue about 9 p.m. Williams was transported by another ambulance to be examined and then transferred to the Chatham County Detention Center.
Williams had been taken to St. Joseph Hospital after police and emergency medical technicians had been called to his residence. He was awaiting transport to Georgia Regional Hospital and was being guarded by the off–duty deputy about 7:23 p.m. when they stepped outside to allow him to smoke a cigarette.
As they started to re–enter the hospital, Williams struggled with the deputy and attempted to remove a gun from his holster. Then Williams climbed into an unlocked Southside Fire EMS ambulance and drove away.
Officers attempted to stop the ambulance, but backed away when it became apparent Williams had no intention of stopping. Instead, undercover officers in unmarked cars followed the ambulance through the city and into Garden City and Port Wentworth before it returned to Savannah.
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