An on-duty Sanitation worker was caught throwing debris at a statue of Jesus on the cross outside of a Brooklyn church on Thursday, according to the NYPD. When officers approached him a few blocks from the scene, the worker allegedly tried to escape in his street sweeper.
Roman Protas, 38, was observed in front of Saint Frances de Chantal Parish in Borough Park shortly before 9:00 a.m., throwing "unknown objects" at a crucifix statue, an NYPD spokesman said. Responding officers caught up with Protas several blocks east on Avenue L. The worker allegedly fled when they flashed their lights.
Officers apprehended Protas at the corner of East 8th Street and Avenue M in Midwood, where they discovered prescription pills on his person. Protas was charged on arrest with criminal possession of a controlled substance, reckless endangerment, fleeing, reckless driving, and running a red light. His arraignment was still pending on Thursday evening.
The News reports that Protas has been employed by the city since 2008, and made $94,000 with overtime in 2015.