Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Patient Bolts from Ambulance; He's Caught

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Patient Bolts from Ambulance; He's Caught

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

The first thing the officer saw late March 19 was a man jumping out of the back of a Century Ambulance Service unit at Beach Boulevard and St. Johns Bluff Road, followed by an ambulance attendant. The officer joined in the chase as one employee followed the escaped patient on foot and the ambulance driver followed in the rig.

A 28-year-old Southside man is under arrest on a charge of battery on an emergency medical technician after an escaped patient fought attempts to be brought back to the ambulance and spit at the police officer's cruiser, police said.

The ambulance was transporting a man from the Mental Health Resource Center at 11820 Beach Blvd. to Memorial Hospital, 3625 University Blvd. S., at 9:20 p.m. when he got loose and opened the back door.

The man shoved a 30-year-old paramedic out of the way and ran west as the officer jumped from his nearby cruiser to chase. The paramedic and 25-year-old ambulance driver were trying to subdue the man in front of a furniture store at 11280 Beach Blvd. when the officer got there and handcuffed him.

Police said the man was being taken to the hospital following an earlier escape attempt. He was put in a spit mask when he spit at the police car, and was taken to jail, police said.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in the Southside, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office:

Jacksonville's week-old St. Johns Town Center at 4775 Town Center Parkway is missing five portable generators and a golf cart after someone broke into a storage container on the property off Gate Parkway.

Police said someone cut the lock off the storage container's door between 6 p.m. March 19, which was the shopping center's grand opening day, and 6 a.m. Monday. Shopping center officials won't have an estimated value for the stolen items until they research the makes and models. …

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