Rumualdo De La Cruz Lopez

Rumualdo De La Cruz Lopez

Two Lafayette men were arrested after allegedly evading arrest by vehicle, striking a patrol car and nearly striking a deputy while intoxicated.

Rumualdo De La Cruz Lopez, 34, and Hector Garcia Ramirez, 32, each face multiple charges following the incident, which took place on July 22.

According to the arrest report, Macon County Sheriff's Office deputy Hunter Sullivan attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle that was driving without its headlights on at night.

The driver, later identified as Lopez, allegedly continued driving on to Scottsville Road from Hires Road after Sullivan initiated emergency equipment.

Deputy Aaron Shipley reportedly tried to stop the driver on foot while Sullivan drove beside the vehicle but was unsuccessful.

Lopez then allegedly drove in and out of the grass, striking Sullivan's patrol unit and almost hitting Shipley.

At that point, Shipley broke through the driver's side window in order to access the lock, and Lopez was taken into custody.

Ramirez, whose arrest report states he was riding in the passenger seat at the time of the incident, allegedly refused to exit the vehicle and repeatedly pulled away from Sullivan.

Sullivan stated that Ramirez had a strong odor of alcohol and refused to put his hands behind his back after being removed from the vehicle.

According to Lopez's arrest report, further investigation revealed that he did not have a valid driver's license and also smelled strongly of alcohol.

When asked if he had been drinking, Lopez allegedly declined to take a blood or breath test and stated he had consumed five beers.

Lopez was charged with evading arrest, driving under the influence, failure of driver to exercise due care, violation of implied consent law, failure to stop for a signal or sign, reckless endangerment, violation of light law and driving without a license.

His bond was set at $6,000, and his court date is slated for Sept. 25.

Ramirez was charged with resisting arrest and public intoxication.

His bond was set at $1,500, and his court date is slated for Sept. 25.