CONYERS — A man who apparently did not want to be treated at Rockdale Medical Center allegedly arranged for a Life Flight helicopter to take him to Augusta.
According to the incident report filed by the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, the 29-year-old man had gone to the emergency room at Rockdale Medical Center on Friday and said that his physician, a Dr. Williams, had ordered that he be placed in the Intensive Care Unit and put in a medically induced coma to help him avoid withdrawal symptoms from his current medication, after which he would be prescribed a new seizure medication.
“The emergency room doctor attempted to call (the man’s) doctor, but was not able to locate a doctor with the name (he) provided,” the report states.
Apparently unsatisfied with the response, the suspect returned home and on Saturday, called for an ambulance to take him to RMC, where they met a Life Flight helicopter that was waiting there.
The EMS ambulance had picked up the man from his Upland Ridge Drive home “because they were under the impression that a doctor had ordered the Life Flight helicopter,” the incident report states. “(The suspect) stated that Dr. Williams ordered that he be transported to Augusta Medical (Center) due to poor treatment at Rockdale Medical.”
When deputies arrived at the hospital, the Life Flight pilot was on his cell phone attempting to make contact with the doctor who allegedly ordered the helicopter.
“Rockdale Medical staff, EMS and the Life Flight personnel attempted to locate Dr. Williams, but no one at Augusta Medical knew who they were talking about,” the report states.
The case is currently under investigation and no arrests have been made, although, according to the RCSO, EMS, Life Flight and Rockdale Medical Center have stated they would like the man prosecuted for impersonating a physician and ordering the helicopter.
Rockdale Medical center attempted to give the man a mental evaluation, but he reportedly checked himself out of the hospital against medical advice.