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Burglary Suspect Jumps Out of Moving Police Car
DAYTON -- A burglary suspect attempted to escape and jumped out of a moving police car, while being taken to the police department.
Cruiser cam video shows Eric Simmons reaching his arm out of the cruiser window, and unlocking the door. Simmons jumped out and tumbled onto the street. The incident happened August 29.
Officers quickly jump out of the car and take him into custody. Police say the car was traveling about 15 to 20 mph when Simmons dove out of the car.
"He was supposed to be in handcuffs, the window should not have been down," Dayton Police Assistant Chief Bob Chabali said.
Simmons was originally picked up by officers on North Main Street because he was wanted for burglary. He is accused of breaking into a home on Lindale on August 27.
When Simmons was placed in the cruiser, Assistant Chief Chabali said veteran Officer Adam Sharp and rookie officer Douglas Gresham failed to put handcuffs on Simmons while transporting him to the police department. He said they also left the back window down.
"Obviously, there are some clear violations that officers are involved in so we are reviewing all the video information and there will be discipline generated out of this," Chabali said.
Chabali said suspects should always be handcuffed when being transported. The only time people are not handcuffed is if they are a witness to a crime or just being taken in for questioning.
Simmons was considered a dangerous suspect with a criminal past. Just two days before his arrest, officers sprinted to the scene of a burglary with guns drawn on Lindale Avenue.
Police said Simmons took off from the scene in a pickup. As he drove away, he reached under the seat. The officer thought he was reaching for a weapon and fired a shot.
Simmons was not struck.
Simmons is facing a felony charge of escape, he is also facing resisting arrest and burglary charges.
He is locked up in the Montgomery County Jail.
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