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VIDEO: Burglary suspect in Ohio jumps out of moving police cruiser

(CBS) DAYTON - Police in Ohio have released video that shows burglary suspect Eric Simmons jumping from a Dayton police cruiser.

According to a police incident report, Simmons was not handcuffed and the rear window of the police cruiser was down.

"There was really no excuse, none whatsoever, to transport him without being handcuffed," Dayton's Deputy Police Chief Bob Chabali told CBS News.

The 42-year-old Simmons was being transported to a police station to be interviewed just before 2 a.m. on Aug. 27 when he jumped out of the cruiser, reports CBS affiliate WHIO.

Simmons had a warrant out for his arrest because police suspected him in a reported robbery in the Dayton area.

Simmons tripped and fell after jumping from the cruiser and was immediately apprehended.

He suffered scraps to his head, arm and knee upon exiting the vehicle and was taken to a hospital where he refused treatment, according to the incident report obtained by WHIO.

On the video, Simmons is seen refusing to get back inside the cruiser after his attempted escape. He is eventually pushed inside by officers.

He was ultimately booked into the Montgomery County Jail pending charges of escape, resisting arrest and burglary.

Chabali told CBS News that an internal investigation is underway.

"I know for a fact they are good officers. Unfortunately, a mistake was made," he said.

Chabali said the officers are still on the streets, however they will be disciplined.

"They are very embarrassed about it and I don't think that will occur again," Chabali said.

  • Stephanie Slifer

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