DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Cruiser cam video reveals apparent mistakes made by Dayton police officers transporting a burglary suspect. The problem has to do with the fact the man was able to get out of the back of cruiser while officers were driving him downtown.
You can see on the video 42-year-old Eric Simmons stick his hand out the window and unlock the door.
It's clear he's not in handcuffs, a violation of Dayton police policy since the man was under arrest.
Then, seconds later he opens the door and jumps out. The cruiser stops and both officers get out.
The officers say they recognized Simmons as the burglary suspect who just two days before, according to police, had tried to run over an officer as he was taking off in a truck.
The burglary was in the 2900 block of Lindale Avenue. At that time police were able to take William Grossley into custody. At last check men were in the Montgomery County Jail.
Police say Simmons was the one who got away.
You can hear the suspect ask why he's being arrested. Officer said, " You've got a warrant for burglary. Sit down. Suspect asked, "BURGLARY?" Officer again, " Sit down."
It took officers more than two minutes to get the suspect to sit back down in the back of the cruiser. The police report says Simmons was taken to the hospital and refused medical treatment.
Dayton Police Assistant Chief Bob Chabali told 2 NEWS, "In this particular case there are clear violations." He said there is an internal review going on right now.
He said, "We're reviewing all the video information and additional information and there will be discipline generated out of this."
The police report indicates officers stopped Simmons just before 2 a.m. August 29 on North Main Street. Storm Team 2 says it was in the 70s and muggy at that time.
Still Chabali says, "There's no justification for that window to be down."
As far as the officers involved, one was training the other. Right now both are performing their regular duties.
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