Image unrelated to article.

Emily Anne Epstein/Metro

On Thursday, an on-duty sanitation worker was arrested for throwing trash at a statue of Jesus, attempting to outrun police in his street sweeper and possession of a controlled substance.

Roman Protas, 38, was caught by police after they said he threw objects at St. Francis de Chantel Church’s statue of Jesus on 58th Street in Brooklyn then ran from authorities in his slow-moving sweeper, the New York Daily News reported.

RELATED: Sanitation worker was soliciting sex on the job when assaulted: NYPD

“He was throwing stuff at Jesus,” a police source said to the Daily News, which also stated that Protas was weaving in and out of traffic in his attempted slow-moving escape.


Officers were able to apprehend him in Midwood at East 8th Street and Avenue M, Gothamist reported in a related article, adding that Protas was discovered to have prescription pills in his possession.

RELATED:NYC's most underappreciated city workers get the model treatment

On Thursday evening, Protas’ arraignment on charges related to the incident, attempted escape and pill possession was still pending.

Latest From ...