Driver rams into city police vehicle

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staff, Gazette
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

— A city police sergeant avoided serious injury Monday after a Beloit man who was fleeing police tried to hit a police department patrol vehicle head on with his car.

What started as a hit-and-run accident in the town of Beloit ended in a crash at 1:10 a.m. Monday on South River Road under the Highway 11 bypass, according to a Rock County Sheriff's Office news release.

According to the release: Pablo D. Cruz-Ramirez, 20, Beloit, was arrested on charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and was issued these citations: operating while intoxicated, operating while suspended, open intoxicant in a motor vehicle, operating left of centerline and a seatbelt violation. Cruz-Ramirez also will receive other citations from Town of Beloit police for the hit-and-run crash that happened in their jurisdiction.

Cruz-Ramirez was driving on South Afton Road in the town of Beloit when the 2002 Chevrolet Impala he was driving left the road and hit a telephone pole, knocking off the car's front bumper and license plate. Janesville police and Rock County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the area to help locate the car.

Janesville Police Sgt. Aaron Ellis located the Impala traveling north on South River Road under the Highway 11 bypass. As he pulled the department's 2009 Chevy Tahoe to the side of the road to turn around, Cruz-Ramirez veered across the centerline and forced him off the road.

Ellis was able to avoid a head-on collision, but Cruz-Ramirez's car sideswiped the patrol vehicle and caused an estimated $2,500 damage, the release said.

Ellis was not hurt, but Cruz-Ramirez was taken to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville as a precaution, the release said.

After an investigation, deputies determined Cruz-Ramirez purposely drove his vehicle toward the patrol vehicle with the intent to crash into it head on.

While speaking with Cruz-Ramirez, deputies said they could smell a strong odor of intoxicants. He was asked to take field sobriety tests but refused. He also refused to submit to chemical testing.

Cruz-Ramirez is scheduled for jail court at 4 p.m. today on the first-degree recklessly endangering safety charge.

Last updated: 10:39 am Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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