Originally Published: January 28, 2010 9:51 p.m.
Prescott Valley police arrested a man Tuesday night after he intentionally ran into an officer while trying to flee from police, a spokesman said.
Officers booked Francisco Ramirez, 22, of Prescott, into Camp Verde jail on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal littering.
At 8:38 p.m. Tuesday, officers noticed a suspicious man walking behind Safeway wearing all black. Shortly after officers made contact with the man, later identified as Ramirez, he turned and ran away, said Sgt. Brandon Bonney, spokesman for the Prescott Valley Police Department.
Officers chased Ramirez on foot and tried to grab him but ended up with his backpack instead. Ramirez allegedly threw plastic baggies onto the ground as he kept running through the Chase Bank parking lot, across Highway 69 and to the Days Inn, despite officers' commands to stop, Bonney said.
At that point, one officer chased Ramirez while the other officer ran around the building to try to cut him off.
Ramirez raised his arms and ran directly at the officer, allegedly striking the officer, Bonney said. Ramirez allegedly continued to fight officers as they arrested him.
Officers identified Ramirez after his arrest and found a useable amount of marijuana and more than $400 cash on him, Bonney said.
Officers also found baggies with marijuana residue and more than $300 cash inside his backpack.
Ramirez allegedly told police he tried to run at the officer at the hotel, but later changed his statement saying he tried to run around the officer.