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Video: After stealing police car and getting caught, man asks ‘Is this a felony?’

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A Florida man who stole a police cruiser drew the laughter of police officers when he asked them if doing so was a felony.

According to the News-Journal Eric Sirmans stole a Daytona Beach Police car and drove away with lights flashing, according to police. An officer’s body camera was released Tuesday shows the police cruiser with a dispatcher demanding over the radio whose car was stolen.

“A black male jumped in one of the police cars and drove away,” a dispatcher repeats. “Can anybody confirm if their car is missing?”

The 44-year-old Sirmans made it about four blocks before Officer Steve Pignataro responded that stealing a police car was in his area.

Sirmans flew past Pignataro at about 40 miles per hour, eventually coming to a stop.

Pignataro exited his vehicle, Glock service pistol drawn and demanding that Sirmans exit the vehicle. Sirmans complied, hands raised.

Sirmans then asked the officers about the severity of his crime.

“This a, a felony?” he asked.

“Oh yeah, it’s like the toppest felony we can go,” Pignataro said.

Sirmans apologized, to which another officer replied “we are a little beyond apology.”

Sirmans was charged with grand theft with damage more than $1,000, fleeing/attempting to elude and violation of pretrial release conditions on a recent drug arrest. Sirmans is currently being held Tuesday without bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail.

 

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