Florida man caught on video making ‘earth angels’ while fleeing from officers on Christmas Eve


A Florida man was caught on video making “earth angels” at a construction site while officers searched for him after leaving the scene of an accident on Christmas Eve.

Shortly after 7 p.m., deputies said the driver, who was involved in a single-vehicle crash in Tampa, fled the scene of the crash before authorities arrived, according to a social media post by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers identified the driver as Eliezer Armando Reyes Ríos, 34, who they said fled the scene and ended up climbing a fence toward a large construction site.

While fleeing from deputies, Reyes Ríos was seen on video by the sheriff’s Aviation Unit, lying in a pile of dirt, and began doing what officials described as “earth angels.” He was also seen making calls from his phone.

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A Florida man creates “earth angels” while hiding from police after a car accident on Christmas Eve. (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

“Just so everyone knows, he’s lying casually with his arms behind his head,” the pilot told agents on the ground.

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Eliezer Armando Reyes Ríos, 34 years old.

Mugshot of Eliezer Armando Reyes Ríos, 34, who was arrested on several charges, including trespassing at a construction site, after he was seen making “earth angels.” (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies said he then stood up and jumped over the fence, but he wasn’t fast enough as he was stopped by three deputies and a K-9 unit.

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Aerial video of Florida man caught doing "earth angels" while fleeing from deputies

The suspect ignored the deputy’s instructions and jumped over a fence into a construction zone, where he was seen by the sheriff’s Aviation Unit lounging in a pile of dirt, making “dirt angels.” (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

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According to the sheriff’s office, Reyes Rios was arrested on several charges, including leaving the scene of an accident, driving with a canceled, suspended or revoked license and trespassing on a construction site.

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