A Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy in pursuit of a suspect struck an ambulance Friday on Valley Creek in South Hall, leading to no serious injuries and both vehicles being towed for disabling damage.
The collision happened around 6 p.m. Friday at Winder Highway and Valley Creek Drive, when the Hall County ambulance stopped at a stop sign.
“A traffic officer observed a vehicle that was wanted regarding an earlier incident in Lula,” wrote Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Nicole Bailes. “The deputy was attempting to catch up with the vehicle on Winder (Highway) when he attempted to negotiate a turn.”
According to the Georgia State Patrol report, officer Scotty Seymour told troopers he had his emergency lights and sirens on as he made the turn onto Valley Creek Drive.
As he turned, Seymour struck the front side of the ambulance driven by James Binkley, according to the report. The ambulance was not loaded with a patient, Bailes wrote.
Seymour reported having bruises on his arms from the airbag and seatbelt, but no serious injuries were reported by either driver or Binkley’s passenger, Austin Morgan.
Seymour’s vehicle “sustained extensive front end damage and is currently out of service,” Bailes wrote.
Hall County Deputy Fire Chief Chad Black said the ambulance is currently being evaluated and he hopes to learn more about damage estimates later.
Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts, according to the report.