A smoke break for a suspect outside a hospital in Savannah turned to more than just a nicotine fix last week.
An off-duty deputy who was guarding the patient as he waited to be transfered to another hospital, allowed the man to step outside for a smoke. But, a struggle ensued as they started back inside, according to WTOC.
He first struggled for the officer's weapon, then jumped into a Southside Fire/EMS ambulance and drove away.
Undercover officers in unmarked cars followed the ambulance through the city and into Garden City and Port Wentworth before it returned to Savannah, the station reported.
The ambulance rolled over stop spikes but kept on going with three flat tires. Several parked cars and cruisers were damaged. But there were no injuries in the slow speed pursuit that involved dozens of police cars.
The joyride -- monitored by a crew in a police helicopter -- came to an end when police blocked it from entering a high traffic area.