Photo: Volusia County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Volusia County Sheriff's Office

Florida man steals patrol car, says 'This is a felony?,' police say

Eric Sirmans, 44, got into a parked police cruiser at 9:20 p.m. Aug. 31 in Daytona Beach, Florida, and drove off with the red and blue lights flashing, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. Police said Sirmans led them on a 40 mph chase with the lights on.

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Sirmans was pulled over and got out of the car with his hands raised and apologized for his actions, police said.

"I think we are a little beyond apology," an officer said in response, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

In a video posted by the Daytona Beach News-Journal, police officers can be heard laughing as Sirmans asks whether or not his crime was a felony.

"Oh, yeah, it's like the toppest felony we can go," Daytona Beach police Officer Steve Pignataro answers in the video.

Sirmans was arrested and charged with grand theft with damage of more than $1,000, fleeing and attempting to elude and violation of pretrial release conditions stemming from a recent drug arrest.

Officer Nicholaus Sault, to whom the stolen patrol car belonged, is now under investigation into whether he violated department policy by leaving his car unattended, the News-Journal said.

Read more at the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

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