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Police: Man charged in drunken hit-and-run crash

Posted January 20, 2013
Updated January 21, 2013

— A Raleigh man was arrested on several charges Sunday after police say he fled the scene of an early-morning wreck that seriously injured a man.

Alejandro Ramirez-Castaneda, 25, of 2561 New Hope Church Road, was charged with felony hit and run, felony serious injury by vehicle, resisting a public officer by running, open container of alcohol, improper passing to the left, driving without an operator's license and driving while impaired.

The crash happened shortly after 5 a.m. on Garner Road at Peterson Street, police said. Ramirez-Castaneda allegedly fled on foot.

The victim, identified by family members as Joseph Paul Johnson, was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh, where he was listed in critical condition Sunday evening.

The Department of Homeland Security has an immigration detainer on Ramirez-Castaneda, who is originally from Mexico and is wanted on outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court on resisting arrest and assault on a female charges.

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  • maisoui82 Jan 24, 2013

    how sad that most of the comments regarding this story have a racist tone. Some immigrants are bad and some are good. Just like natural citizens....Hopefully they get this scumbag out of here or lock him up asap so he can quit giving hard-working, honest people a bad name.

  • Brian Jenkins Jan 22, 2013

    This is what all you liberals wanted. Here is your poor hispanic immigrant (just wanted to come to the US to get a better job) = KERMIT

    He came here to get a job from a liberal? You MUSt be a Romney lib.

  • kermit60 Jan 22, 2013

    This is what all you liberals wanted. Here is your poor hispanic immigrant (just wanted to come to the US to get a better job) totally ignoring our laws. What respect he has for the great country he wants to be part of.

  • superfly Jan 21, 2013

    "Poor job by those who should have found him BEFORE he injured someone" -Scubagirl

    Hey Scubagirl, I encourage you to join your local police department or the U.S. Marshals, and report back to us on how many illegal hispanics you lock-up for failing to appear on misdemeanor charges. Really??? They might have their picture on four different identifications, and just go live somewhere else in a 2-bedroom apartment with 19 other people. Good luck with that!

  • Terkel Jan 21, 2013

    "See contray (sic) to popular belief you can not tell an illegal by just looking at them!!!!" NicenSmooth

    Which is why they have to be stopped and checked. Too bad you don't like it. Complain to your "leaders".

  • PanthersFan45 Jan 21, 2013

    "How can be wanted on outstanding warrents for not appering if he is here illegaly ? they had him once in custody. Why was he let go the first time"

    He probably did what many of them do, give a false alias and manage to wiggle out of the system the 1st time. Seems like they catch these guys and they usually find them using several different names.

  • brassy Jan 21, 2013

    I hope the AG wasn't planning on giving him a driver's license.

  • seankelly15 Jan 21, 2013

    cuffusion - "Why are the injured parties not filing suit against the Department of Homeland Security for dereliction of duty?"

    Because the federal government is exempt from suits. And, your "deselection of duty" comment is just plain laughable. Finally, class action suits do not apply to personal injury resulting from car accidents.

  • cuffusion Jan 21, 2013

    Why are the injured parties not filing suit against the Department of Homeland Security for dereliction of duty? they are knowingly and willfully permitting these criminals to remain in this country.. Sound like everyone who experiences any financial or physical impact has a case.. I cant see why some enterprising lawyer has not started a class action suit.. more money to be made here than against the cigarette manufacturers..

  • NiceNSmooth Jan 21, 2013

    get this - they stop a disproportionate number of latinos and ask for ID. It's preferable that illegals kill someone than be profiled.

    get this... what is preferable is for Hispanic-Americans to travel the streets of the cities we work, live and pay taxes in without being harrassed by LEOs because the color of our skin... See contray to popular belief you can not tell an illegal by just looking at them!!!!

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