DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — A man who, police said, used his truck to vandalize a crosswalk in Delray Beach that had been newly painted to commemorate Pride Month has surrendered to authorities.
Delray Beach Police arrested 20-year-old Alexander Jerich after he turned himself in, Thursday.
Investigators said Jerich was the driver of a white pickup truck that was captured on video crossing the Delray Beach Pride Streetscape at Northeast First Street and Second Avenue, Monday.
Jerich was apparently taking part in a 30-vehicle rally celebrating former President Donald Trump’s birthday at the time of the incident, according to arrest documents.
The clip, which has since gone viral, shows the motorist intentionally doing a burnout across the intersection for 15 seconds and leaving skid marks.
Just two days earlier, city officials had dedicated the Pride Streetscape. The intersection was painted with the colors of the Pride flag.
“Everybody that was here was having such a good time. “I was working that day, and I came here during the parade to see what it was all about,” said resident Brittany Walko, “and there was so much joy, and everybody was smiling, everybody was having a good time. I don’t know why anybody would want to ruin that.”
Walko said she and her girlfriend, Vesna Lukic, initially thought the skid marks may have been an accident, until they saw the video.
When asked if the clip made her angry, Walko replied, “Yeah, of course. It’s more upsetting than it is angry.”
Other residents who spoke with 7News feel the same way.
“I think that’s awful. I don’t think anyone should ever disrespect that,” said Emily Bott.
“If you don’t like it, just drive through it. You don’t need to ruin it, you know?” said Daniel Grogan.
“They’re not liking the fact that somebody is outside of their comfort zone. Wow, it’s a very negative response, if you ask me,” said Michelle Gold.
“It’s really aggressive,” said a woman.
Lukic, a visitor from Canada, said that as a gay woman just out walking with her girlfriend here, the video unfortunately does not surprise her.
“It’s not very comfortable, and I never know who’s going to say something, so I’m like, ‘Don’t be too obvious,’ because you never know who’s going to say something,” she said.
The city has since attempted to clean up the skid marks, but they were still visible on the crosswalk on Thursday night. Officials said repairing the damage could cost thousands of dollars.
Jerich has been taken to the Palm Beach County Jail. He faces several charges, including criminal mischief over $1,000, reckless driving and a felony enhancement of evidence of prejudice.
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