***** PREVIOUSLY RELEASED INFORMATION 27 AUGUST 2018 *****
On Monday 27 August 2018 at approximately 1002 hrs., Officers from Platoon D responded to the area of 100 blk. S. Queen St. & Vine St. for a report of a crash involving multiple vehicles. One vehicle was reported to be on it's side.
Upon arrival, Officers saw that a pickup truck was on one side and that paint had spilled all over the interior of the vehicle and roadway. Several parked/ unoccupied vehicles along the 100 blk. S. Queen St. had been damaged to some degree.
Bystanders pointed out the driver of the pickup truck as walked back to the scene after having walked away from it. The male was completely coated from head-to-toe in wet paint. Officers saw that the driver of the truck was acting in an aggitated and erratic manner. It was not clear if the driver had suffered an injury, was possibly under the influence of a substance or both.
The Officers attempted to keep the male from walking around in the event that he was injured. The driver pushed an Officer away with both hands. Off. M. Caple and Off. Witmer detained the driver and placed him in handcuffs in an effort to keep him from moving around in the event that he suffered some type of injury. The driver managed to slip one of the cuffs off of his wrist and attempted to run from Officers. The Officers managed to secure the driver in handcuffs. The driver was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and observation. The extent of his condition and possible injuries is unknown at this time.
As Officers attempted to contact the registered owner of the pickup truck, they were informed that the truck had been stolen earlier this morning from New Castle County, DE. Officers from that agency were still in the process of taking the report.
The identity of the driver of the pickup is unknown. Detectives are working to identify him at this time.
The preliminary investigation into the crash revealed that there was a flatbed trailer parked on the 100 blk. S. Queen St. at Farnum St. An excavator had just been unloaded and delivered to that location. The left lane of 100 blk. S. Queen St. was blocked for the truck. A flagger was set up to divert traffiic and cones had been set in the roadway.
The driver of the stolen pickup truck drove past the flagger at a high rate of speed. The driver tried to change from the left to right lane but was unable to do so and managed to drive up the back of the flatbed like a ramp. The truck landed upright, struck (2) parked vehicles on the east side of S. Queen St., flipped onto the driver side, spun 180 degrees and struck another parked vehicle on the west side of S. Queen St. Several other parked vehicles were struck by debris and/or paint. The only occupied vehicle in this event was the stolen pickup truck.
Bystanders assisted extracating the driver from the truck. The driver then walked away from the scene, north on S. Queen St. The driver returned to the scene just as Officers arrived.
This crash is still under investigation. Charges have not yet been filed. Any new information on this investigation will come in the form of a supplemental press release.
***** NEW INFORMATION 28 AUGUST 2018 *****
The driver of the stolen truck was taken to LGH for observation and possible treatment. Medical staff wanted to evaluate him for a possible head injury. After an overnight stay at LGH, the male was medically cleared and released from the hospital and transported to the station to be identified and processed.
The driver of the stolen truck was identified as Roberto Ramirez M/29 of Wilmington, DE. Det. Willard Smith filed a Criminal Complaint against Ramirez before MDJ Witkonis. Ramirez was charged with Receiving Stolen Property (F3), Resisting Arrest (M2), 2 Counts Recklessly Endangering Another Person (M2), 7 Counts Accidents Involving Unattended Vehicle or Property (S), Reckless Driving (S), Obedience to Traffic Control Devices (S). Ramirez is currently awaiting arraignment and bail information was not available as of the time of this release.
All persons accused of a crime are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.