published Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

North Georgia hospital patient flees police, leads police on chase in stolen truck

FORT OGLETHORPE — A Chattanooga man really wanted to avoid the police, so much so, he ran out of a North Georgia hospital, stole a truck and led officers on chase. It's an unusual story that ended with the man being tased, slapped with more charges and put behind bars.

Fort Oglethorpe Police responded to Hutcheson Medical Center Monday night after receiving a tip that a Chattanooga man, John Patterson, wanted for aggravated assault was being treated there. But, they soon found out, the suspect wasn't going down that easy.

"Mr. Patterson knew he was in trouble and was going to do anything he could to get out of this area," Fort Oglethorpe Police Chief David Eubanks said.

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