Man arrested after he stole, crashed ambulance in Greer, police say
GREER, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Greer Police Department said they are investigating after they arrested a man who stole and crashed an ambulance Wednesday afternoon.
According to police, officers responded at 11:25 a.m. after they were notified of a suspicious person acting strangely and banging on the front door of a house on Tryon Street. When they arrived at the scene, the homeowner told them that the man had walked around to the back of his house, according to police.
Officers say they found a naked man under the house who appeared to be under the influence of some type of narcotic and called for EMS.
According to police, EMS started medical care and placed the subject in the back of their ambulance, but while attending to the patient he became combative and hit and kicked one of the EMS members.
At this point, they contacted the police for assistance while creating distance between themselves and the patient.
However, the patient was able to get into the driver’s seat and drive away from the scene. They say responding officers saw the ambulance cross over South Buncombe Road onto Hood Road.
According to police, officers were attempting to catch up to the stolen ambulance when it could be seen driving through a field in the distance before crossing over South Suber Road and hitting a telephone pole.
Police then arrested Jamario Marquis Bowens, 35, and he was provided medical care.
Bowens has the following outstanding warrants:
- Carjacking/take or attempt a vehicle from person by force without great bodily harm
- Larceny/grand larceny, value $10,000 or more
- Assault/Assault and Battery first degree
- Resisting/ resisting arrest
- Driving under the influence, less than .10 first offense
- Reckless driving
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