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Ambulance theft, hit-and-run suspect out on bond

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The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department says a Georgia man accused of stealing an ambulance and leading police on a chase is the same man who caused a major accident on I-16 over the weekend. 

Twenty-three-year-old Jide Frederick-Lloyd was arrested at a fast food restaurant by Metter Police, but he is now out on bond. 

On Monday, the suspect became disorderly at Memorial University Medical Center and led police on a foot chase with security before jumping in an ambulance and driving off.

"I mean we've got someone who has got a problem and he's driving an ambulance through the city of Savannah - he's not familiar with the unit,” said Assistant Chief Southside EMS Bengie Cowart. "From what we know, there was an incident at Memorial involving their security and a patient. There was a foot chase on Memorial's campus which lead the patient around to the ER and he jumped into the first vehicle he could get into.” 

The ambulance was found abandoned at Paulsen Street and Park Avenue. 

"I think we are very fortunate that it ended the way it did. Nobody was hurt. The vehicle is not torn up and we'll just go from here,” said Cowart.

Frederick-Lloyd then allegedly took off in a truck that had the keys stored inside and was involved in a hit-and-run accident on Harmon and Wheaton streets. 

No one was injured in the hit-and-run crash.

Frederick-Lloyd, a resident of Decatur, GA, was also involved in a major wreck on I-16 early Saturday morning. SCMPD says he was the driver of an 18-wheeler who lost control causing his truck to roll over.

According to GSP, Frederick-Lloyd was cited for failing to maintain lane after the truck flipped on its side. Two other cars crashed when they were trying to avoid hitting the truck.

Frederick-Lloyd was transported to Memorial Health in a Southside EMS ambulance and would later leave in a Southside ambulance just two days later.

The only charge Frederick-Lloyd is currently facing is an obstruction of justice charge, out of Metter. No formal charges have been brought against him in Chatham County. 

We are learning more about the company that Lloyd worked for and their safety records.

The trucking company that Lloyd worked for was Central Transport, LLC. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration - in the last two years - the company has been cited for 361 traffic violations. Mostly for speeding.

And we've learned that the same 18-wheeler that Lloyd crashed on Saturday was cited in Georgia on September 2, 2015 for going 11-14 miles over the speed limit.

Central Transport declined our request for a comment.

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