Editor’s Note: The employee referenced in the article below was hired under the name Staci Tyler, however, she was married in 2022 and took the name White. Her legal name and the name on the jail record is White and she is subsequently referenced by that last name in this article, even though some documents from the county commissioner’s office refer to her as Tyler. It is worth noting that the county also confirmed that Tyler and White are the same person.
A now-former employee of Bulloch County EMS was arrested after she used an ambulance to pursue a citizen in a high-speed profanity-laced chase in which she nearly struck multiple vehicles while allegedly attempting to run another vehicle off the road.
Staci Tyler White was booked into the Bulloch County Jail on March 16 on charges of Reckless Driving and Failure to Exercise Due Care.
The initial incident report from the Bulloch County Sheriff’s office offers minimal information due to the ongoing nature of the investigation and its pending prosecution, but TGV News was able to obtain the documents recorded with the county as they pertain to White’s employment.
The documents, which include a supposed admission of guilt as well as a statement from the employee in the ambulance at the time of the incident, detail a fury-filled pursuit by White that was brought to the attention of Bulloch County EMS by the driver who says he was chased.
The details below are from records obtained under the Georgia Open Records Act.
On the morning of Thursday, March 16, White was reported driving a Bulloch County ambulance with another EMS employee. According to the narrative, White saw her adult daughter’s boyfriend driving her daughter’s vehicle, became upset, and activated both the lights and sirens on the ambulance in an attempt to get the attention of the male driver.
The driver pulled over, presumably because he believed the ambulance was running a 911 call, but White reportedly “started screaming looking at him in the mirror of the car telling him to get out of the car.”
“She was throwing her hands in the air pointing for him to pull over…Staci pulled beside the car with the lights and sirens on causing traffic to scatter at the intersection and staring at the situation. She had the drivers side window down yelling at him to “get the f*** out” and to “pull the f***ing car over.”
The male driver reportedly asked ‘Who are you?’ to Staci as she yelled at him.
The narrative from the employee passenger goes on to say “Staci was out of control and not paying attention to the roadway or other drivers….Staci started driving at a high rate of speed to catch up with him trying to run him off to the right side of the roadway. I myself kept telling her to stop what she was doing but she kept saying she did not care.”
“Staci started riding beside [the male driver] erratically from the left lane to the right lane trying to run [the male driver] off the roadway. This lasted from the areas of Locos on the bypass to the Toyota place. [The male driver] continued to drive in the emergency lane. Staci rolled down my window on the passenger side screaming, “I will run that f***ing car into the ditch.”
“I yelled at Staci telling her to stop trying to run him off the roadway that she was endangering my life as well as hers and everyone else.”
After the male driver was able to evade the ambulance and go a different direction, the passenger asked White if she needed her to drive instead. “Staci continued to be erratic with her driving and running cars off the roadway down highway 80 east. I tried to tell Staci to slow down and when she was getting close to traffic. Staci told me she did not care she needed to get back to the station so she could get her phone.” The narrative says White called for a deputy to meet her at the station so she could file a stolen vehicle report, however, TGV News could not locate an incident report for March 16 for a stolen vehicle.
You can read the statement from White’s co-worker below. Out of respect for the privacy of the named victims in the incident, TGV News redacted the names in the PDF.
Aftermath of the Incident
Upon learning of the incident, EMS Director Doug Vickers and Deputy EMS Director Brian Hendrix met with EMA Director Ted Wynn before conferring with investigators from the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office.
Simultaneously, the HR Director for the county suggested that White be placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation. Vickers and Hendrix determined that the aforementioned leave should be “unpaid” leave and notified White of the decision.
According to a memo by Brian Hendrix, he notified White that she could resign from her position, but she stated that she ‘would wait for the investigation to be concluded.’
Hendrix’s memo also said White sent him a text message saying, “I know I’m fired and I know you are disappointed. I will have Jeffery bring my radio and batteries and whatever else belongs to ems. Im so sorry”.
The following day, on Friday, March 17, White submitted her resignation to the county, which EMA Director Ted Wynn said would be accepted as a ‘resignation in lieu of termination.’ White, however, did not agree with that designation, saying she was not notified of a possible termination and resigned ‘for personal reasons.’
White’s History With the County
White was hired by the county in March of 2008 and has worked as both a part-time and full-time paramedic at different times over the last fifteen years.
In her end of year evaluation in 2022, supervisors suggested White “find happiness in her life” and noted that she ‘continues to act like she does not want to be a part of Bulloch EMS any longer.’