Burglary Suspect Crashes Police Car Into House

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011  |  Updated 5:31 PM CDT
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A Dallas family has a hole in their house thanks to a handcuffed man who managed to get behind the wheel of a police car.

Susy Solis, NBCDFW.com

A Dallas family has a hole in their house thanks to a handcuffed man who managed to get behind the wheel of a police car.

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A man believed to be a burglary suspect crashed a patrol car into the front of a house in Oak Cliff Tuesday night, leaving a huge hole.

Just after 11 p.m., Dallas police arrived at the scene and learned that the call was actually a domestic disturbance and that 39-year-old Jesus Ramos (pictured, below, right) was violating a protective order.

Officers placed Ramos under arrest and he began to resist, striking one officer and kicking at them after he was placed into the car. Officers said Ramos resisted to such a degree that he bent his handcuffs. While waiting for another vehicle to transport Ramos, officers waited outside of the vehicle with the engine running to provide air conditioning.

Ramos then managed to slip his handcuffed hands from behind his body and into the front seat where he hopped into the driver's seat and started to drive off. One officer managed to get into the backseat as Ramos lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a house.

Ramos suffered minor lacerations and was treated at Methodist Central Hospital before being released into police custody.  Both officers were checked for injuries and released.

Two people were inside the home when the car crashed through a wall, though no one was injured. The Red Cross is assisting the middle-aged brother and sister who live at the house.

"You feel bad for anybody that has to go through something like this. It's devastating to have your home look like this," said volunteer Denise McCoy.

The power and gas were turned off at the house, which means there is no air conditioning on what is forecast to be one of the hottest days of the year.

Police are with the family to make sure no one goes into the house until a professional determines whether it's structurally sound and safe to enter.

Ramos is being charged with violation of a protective order, assault on a public servant, theft of a police car and escape.  He is being held on $6,000 bond at Lew Sterret.

NBC 5's Julie Tam contributed to this report.

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