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Man who rammed head into patrol car pleads guilty to felony

LOCKPORT – A City of Lockport man who rammed his head into the rear quarter-panel of a police car pleaded guilty to a felony Tuesday.

Ruben A. Ruiz, 27, of North Transit Street, will owe the Lockport Police Department $1,075 in restitution. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. could send him to prison for as long as four years when he returns to court Feb. 23 to be sentenced for third-degree criminal mischief.

Ruiz, who was expected to post $250 bail Tuesday, took a run at the car after his arrest on a warrant Aug. 19. Assistant District Attorney John P. Granchelli said there was no report that Ruiz was under the influence of any substances at the time.

The plea also encompassed another incident a few weeks later, in which a state trooper was chasing Ruiz in the Town of Lockport, trying to execute an arrest warrant for misdemeanor violations of an order of protection. Granchelli said the trooper broke his wrist when he tripped and fell. He said he consulted officers involved in both incidents, and they agreed Tuesday’s plea resolution was “appropriate.”