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Man takes hammer to trooper, vehicles after I-95 wreck

Posted January 11, 2009

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— A man attacked a state trooper and emergency vehicles with a claw hammer after a wreck on Interstate 95 shortly before midnight Saturday, troopers said.

Another driver rear-ended a car driven by Romeo Ribeiro, of New York State, on I-95 at the Dunn exit. Ribeiro got out of his car and attempted to leave the scene on foot, troopers said.

When EMS and the first trooper arrived, Ribeiro attacked an EMS vehicle and the trooper's car with a claw hammer, then turned on the trooper, investigators said. The trooper was able to subdue Ribeiro and was not injured.

Ribeiro was charged with assaulting a government official, hit-and-run and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. He was being held in the Harnett County Jail under a $3,000 bond Sunday.


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  • lorivalentine1 Jan 12, 2009

    This guy needs serious help..

  • squirrelsunlimited Jan 12, 2009

    $3,000!? Our emergency responders risk their lives for this and he gets bail for $3,000? A prerequisite for being a court official should be to serve some time in the field.

  • FromClayton Jan 12, 2009

    Why would he do this? He needs to be seriously check out. A normal person would not have done this.

  • Eduardo1 Jan 12, 2009

    Sorry, that the trooper forgot his gun! He must be either a quart short himself, or a former peacenick

  • COPs eye Jan 12, 2009

    Lucky is all I can say.

  • gotittogether Jan 12, 2009

    Sorry but I would have shot him! KUDOS to the trooper for being able to subdue him and keep himself safe!

  • 2SWEETBOYS Jan 12, 2009

    He is lucky he didn't get shot!!! But a $3,000 bail....do not agree with that at all...by the look of his picture, he needs serious help.

    Kudos to the Trooper~

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 12, 2009

    No one has questioned the motive yet. He was the one who was rear-ended in the accident. It couldn't have been him that was at fault or being charged. Unless they found something illegal in his vehicle. So what drove this man to go ballistic? We don't have the whole story.

  • Seeminglyopposed Jan 12, 2009

    $3,000 only, that is why people continue to do the crazy things that they do. He should been given a larger amount, assuring him time to sleep it off, without being about to go into his pocket to make that payoff of calling up a relative to simply bail him out. Leaving him "Clawing" at his hair to make a higher bail.

  • North Wake Dad Jan 12, 2009

    Z Man - Totally agree. This guy looks like he was a quart low on his psych meds.