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Pursuit of stolen ambulance on Hilton Head ends in minor accident. Subject in custody, no injuries

A Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue ambulance was stolen from the Shipyard fire station at around 1:00 today, October 1, 2021.

At approximately 1:30, the stolen ambulance was spotted by Sheriff’s Office deputies on U.S. 278 near Shelter Cove.

Deputies activated blue lights and sirens and pursued the stolen ambulance eastbound on U.S. 278.

The subject attempted to elude deputies by driving the ambulance onto side streets and into the parking lot of Publix supermarket (Island Crossings Center).

The subject drove behind Publix, where the ambulance struck the building and came to a stop.

The subject, identified as 20-year-old Carlos Colon of Hilton Head, was arrested by deputies and charged with Grand Larceny of a Motor Vehicle and Failure to Stop for Blue Lights.

When Colon was arrested he was wearing a stolen Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue uniform. In addition to the two charges, Colon was charged with Petit Larceny for stealing the uniform.

As a result of the accident, the ambulance and Publix supermarket sustained minor damages.

Deputies and firefighters are on scene in the Publix parking lot. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is responding to investigate the accident.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office appreciates your partnership in the safety of our community.