DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - WDTN-TV has taken legal action in an effort to make public video of an accident recorded from an Ohio State Patrol trooper’s vehicle.
The video was recorded the night of August 17 when two people on a motorcycle were hurt when they were hit by a patrol car driven by Trooper Jacob Daymon on U.S. 35 and Jasper Road near Xenia.
On August 19, WDTN-TV requested the video from the OSP vehicle, commonly referred to as “dash cam” or “cruiser cam” video. Such video is commonly released after newsworthy incidents as it is considered public record, much like a public document. Unlike other newsworthy incidents, however, the Ohio State Police refused to release it, citing a request from the Greene County prosecutor. In court documents, prosecutor Stephen Haller called the video “evidence in a criminal investigation.”
Friday, the Court of Appeals, Second Appellate District of Ohio in Greene County ordered the prosecutor to turn over the video to WDTN-TV by Monday, September 9 or explain the legal reasoning why he should not have to comply.
Greene County Prosecutor Stephen Haller said that a grand jury investigating the crash subpoenaed the video. He said, until they jury’s investigation is complete, he believes it is not public record.
We did some checking about Trooper Daymon, 30. We learned Tuesday that he has a clean disciplinary record. He has been with the Ohio State Highway Patrol for six years.
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