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Man jumps into police car and drives off before asking officers if it was a felony

By Mason White 12:19 PM September 13, 2016
Eric Sirmans 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A clueless man in Florida, jumped into a police car just for fun, and took it for a joyride.

A witness flagged down a police officer at 9:20 p.m., and informed him that a black man with flip flops went into the unattended car and drove away.

The car had its lights and sirens on and was parked in front of Liquor Discount Hut at 727 N. Atlantic Ave. in Daytona Beach.

The officer followed the car and called for backup. They soon spotted the car, and after a short chase, pulled it over. 44-year-old Eric Sirmans came out of the car and he was arrested.

Police released videos from officers’ body cameras, which showed that after being placed in handcuffs, Sirmans apologized to officers for taking the car.

He then asked officers what charges he was facing. “This is a felony?” He asked innocently. When officers burst out laughing, Sirmans asked: “is it worse than a felony?”

Officer Steve Pignataro responded that stealing a police car was way up there. “Oh yeah, it’s like the toppest felony we can go,” Pignataro said.

Sirmans was charged with grand theft with damage more than $1,000, fleeing/attempting to elude and violation of pre-trial release conditions on a recent drug arrest. He is being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail.

The police cruiser that was stolen had been assigned to Officer Nicholaus Sault. He is now being investigated as to whether he violated department policy by leaving the car unlocked and unattended.