Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Public safety

Police: Man in women's underwear crashes into Tampa retirement home

TAMPA — A man wearing a bra and women's underwear fled from a traffic stop early Tuesday and crashed a car into the side of a Hyde Park retirement home, Tampa police said.

The crash happened just after 3 a.m. at the Tampa Baptist Manor apartment building on Grand Central and S Plant Avenues.

Police said the driver, Rico Antwan Jones, 28, who has a history of prostitution arrests and goes by the name "Diamond," fled while driving a red Mustang after officers tried to stop him for driving the wrong way on S Howard Avenue early Tuesday, police said. Jones continued driving before jumping a curb, crossing a grass yard, cutting through a line of shrubs and colliding with the building.

Jones showed signs of being impaired, police said, but he was not seriously injured. When he crashed, he was wearing women's underwear, a bra, and high heels, police said. He climbed out of the wreckage and tried to run before he was subdued by arriving officers.

Jones was treated at Tampa General Hospital for injuries police described as "minor." He was later booked in jail on charges of fleeing to elude, DUI with property damage, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving with a suspended license.

The crash happened near an air vent to the building. Smoke from the engine was pulled inside, but firefighters extinguished it before authorities called for an evacuation. Yellow crime scene tape marked the side of the building early Tuesday.

 
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