Grand jury no-bills Lufkin man in wreck caused by texting argument

Thomas Ramos (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Thomas Ramos (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A grand jury has issued a no-bill in the case of a Lufkin man accused of grabbing the steering wheel of his girlfriend's vehicle and causing it to wreck on FM 3150 in February.

Thomas Gregory Ramos Jr., 36, has been in jail since May 27 on a charge of aggravated assault.

The no-bill drops the charge against him.

A US Forest Service law enforcement officer arrested Ramos on a warrant in connection to the Feb. 19 incident.

According to the arrest affidavit, the chain of events started at about 10 p.m. on February 19. The girlfriend told an Angelina County Sheriff's Office deputy that while she and Ramos were at a residence in the county, Ramos started an argument over her texting on her cell phone.

Ramos allegedly yanked the cell phone from his girlfriend's hands and threatened to throw it in the toilet, according to the affidavit. She begged him not to do it, and followed him into the bathroom. At that point, Ramos allegedly grabbed the woman's shoulder and shoved her into the wall.

The girlfriend told the ACSO deputy that Ramos then said "[Expletive] it" and threw her cell phone into the toilet. Crying, the woman fished the phone out of the toilet, and as she was sitting on the bed trying to dry off the phone, Ramos tackled her, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit said the woman wound up on her stomach with Ramos on top of her. When the girlfriend said she was going to call the police, Ramos got off her and began calling people to ask for a ride.

Realizing that Ramos couldn't find anyone to give him a lift, the girlfriend offered to give him a ride if he would stop hurting her. After Ramos agreed, the woman helped him get his stuff in her car.

The girlfriend told the ACSO deputy that as they were driving toward Lufkin on FM 3150, Ramos asked her, "Are you ready?"

"Ready for what?" the girlfriend replied.

According to the affidavit, Ramos then grabbed the steering wheel and jerked it to the right. The girlfriend tried to fight for control of the vehicle as they hit the ditch. However, Ramos jerked the steering wheel again, this time to the left, and caused the vehicle to wreck.

Both Ramos and his girlfriend wound up being trapped inside the vehicle until emergency personnel were about to cut them out. They were both transported to a local hospital for treatment. The girlfriend was later told that her car rolled over three times before it came to a complete stop.

The affidavit stated that the ACSO deputy obtained an accident report from the Texas Department of Public Safety and that it backed up what the girlfriend told authorities about the wreck.

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