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Video: Suspect Jumps From Moving Cruiser

September 18, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Suspect Jumps From Moving Cruiser

Patrol car video has surfaced of a burglary suspect jumping from a moving Dayton (Ohio) Police cruiser, raising questions about how the officer secured him in the rear seat.

The Dayton PD released footage from the cruiser's in-car video system from the Aug. 27 incident that showed Eric Simmons, 42, exiting the cruiser just before 2 a.m. at Monument and Ludlow streets.

Simmons, who was not handcuffed, can be seen reaching out of an open right rear window, opening the door, and jumping into the street. Simmons tripped and fell, allowing the officer to quickly take him back into custody.

Simmons faces charges of escape, resisting arrest, and burglary, reports WHIO.


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Ima Leprechaun @ 9/19/2013 8:53 AM

We share a common frequncy with Dayon PD and they do a lot of things that make absolutely no sense at all. Their radio traffic is racially and obscenely laced and they argue with other officers on the air, so this incident does not surpise me in the least. They put the felony "prisoner" in the back seat and did not handcuff him, that should be a big no no. Then opening the rear window so he can reach outside is also a big no no. We disconnected all our back windows and none open but I am guessing they never thought of that. Also when we secure the rear doors only the driver of the car can unlock them to be opened for a prisoner release. And lastly we always seat belt the suspect in the car for everyone's safety. Had he been cuffed properly and the seat belt used properly he could never escape the way this guy did. I wonder if they ever bothered to search him before they stuck him in the car? My bet is no. This is what happens when the police get lazy at doing their job. The conveying officer was very lucky this guy was unarmed because with one shot he would have made a clean escape.

Ret. Motor Boots @ 9/19/2013 1:16 PM

Ummm… open back window…unlocked doors…no handcuffs…burglary suspect…Do the criminals just usually comply in Ohio? Not so much here in CA.

Ret. Motor Boots @ 9/19/2013 1:16 PM

Ummm… open back window…unlocked doors…no handcuffs…burglary suspect…Do the criminals just usually comply in Ohio? Not so much here in CA.

Pup @ 9/19/2013 4:30 PM

WOW!!!! All this could have been avoided by handcuffing the suspect in the first place. Secondly, how many times do you have to tell the suspect to sit down. Use that force to over come resistance. Geezzz. these cops or department really needs TRAINING. Last but not least, I could see the suspect suing the department for not properly securing him, giving him the opportunity to escape. Also, a piss poor policy. Then again, this would only happen in CA.

Capt. Crunch @ 9/19/2013 6:03 PM

If this was not a stunt for the police officer to get on Police Magazine then I recommend he seek more officer safty training.

Mike @ 9/20/2013 8:15 AM

Looks like the guy in the back seat is running the show!!!

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