Man covered in paint after crash charged with resisting arrest, other crimes


A man covered from head to toe in wet paint after crashing a stolen pickup truck into several parked vehicles in Lancaster now faces several charges.

Roberto Ramirez, 29 of Wilmington, Delaware, was charged Tuesday with receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, and various summary traffic offenses.

The charges were filed after an overnight stay at Lancaster General Hospital where Ramirez was evaluated for a possible head injury, police said.

The pickup stolen from Delaware had paint in the box when it drove up the back of a flatbed trailer like a ramp and overturned as it struck three cars parked in the 100 block of South Queen Street around 10 a.m. Monday.

An excavator had just been unloaded from the flatbed. The left lane South Queen was blocked, and a flagger was diverting traffic around the trailer.

Police said Ramirez went around the flagger at a high rate of speed and was unable to avoid the trailer. The pickup went airborne but landed upright. It then flipped on its driver side after striking two vehicles, spun 180 degrees, and struck another parked vehicle.

Several other parked vehicles were struck by debris and/or paint.

Ramirez walked away from the scene after bystanders helped to free him but returned as officers arrived. Police said he was acting in an agitated and erratic manner, and it wasn’t clear whether he was injured or possibly under the influence.

When officers attempted to stop him from walking around in case he was injured, Ramirez pushed an officer with both hands. As he was placed in handcuffs, he slipped one of the cuffs from his wrist and attempted to run, police said.

No bystanders were injured.

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