A state police cruiser struck a shirtless man in Roanoke on Wednesday after he slipped out of handcuffs at the city jail and ran away, authorities said.
The scene that unfolded at a busy downtown intersection wasn’t Alexander D. Ramsey’s first escape, according to Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Rick Garletts.
Earlier that afternoon, the driver of a vehicle ran from a trooper at a traffic stop in Roanoke, Garletts said. While the trooper detained another person in the car, Roanoke police and more troopers arrived and searched the area. They found the driver and took him to the city jail.
Once there, Ramsey slipped out of handcuffs at 4:22 p.m. and fled again on foot, according to Garletts. Police allege Ramsey loosened one of his hands from the cuffs while getting out of the police van at the jail.
Shortly afterward, a man walks out of an alley onto Third Street Southwest, according to Roanoke Times security video footage.
He takes off down Campbell Avenue and a Roanoke sheriff’s deputy runs after him through the Roanoke Times parking lot.
The pair run past the newspaper building on the sidewalk.
That’s when, according to Garletts, Ramsey ran into the road and was hit by a trooper.
Video doesn’t capture the collision, but shows a man fly off the hood of a cruiser on Second Street Southwest near Salem Avenue.
Several state police vehicles arrive shortly after the cruiser runs up on the sidewalk at 4:25 p.m., according to the video.
After the car stops, a trooper gets out of the vehicle. Another state police car pulls up seconds afterward and officers can be seen handcuffing the man.
Roanoke Fire-EMS hoists the man onto a gurney and puts him in the ambulance.
Ramsey was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, according to Garletts. He faces charges related to outstanding warrants from Roanoke and Roanoke County, as well as 12 charges in the traffic stop and escape attempt Wednesday.
Staff writers Alison Graham and Matt Chittum contributed reporting.