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Man Escapes Police Cruiser, Jumps Off Bridge to His Death

The Daily Mail via YellowBrix

July 18, 2011

DAYTON, OH – A burglary suspect escaped a police car by breaking the window with his head then fell 90 feet to his death.

Kaylen English, 20, from Ohio, jumped out of the moving cruiser and off the Salem Avenue Bridge as officers were taking him to jail on Saturday night.

He landed in a rocky part of the span rather than the water and was rushed to hospital but died later from his injuries.


Kaylen English

Lt Kim Hill said Dayton police were transporting the prisoner, who was not initially identified, to the Montgomery County jail around 9:40pm after he was arrested on a burglary count.

She said: ’On the bridge, the prisoner starts to bang his head against the rear passenger window. The officer starts to pull over, and once he pulled over, the suspect had the window broken. He then went head-first out the window and head-first over the bridge.

‘In 22 years, I’ve never seen anything like it.’

According to Dayton Daily News, the police cruiser was roughly in the middle of the bridge, but the Great Miami River only goes beneath the north one-third of the span, and the man landed on a flat, dry, rocky area of the flood plain about 30 feet below.

Police would not say whether the man was intoxicated, adding those details would come from an autopsy.

English’s girlfriend Carlissa Johnson, 16, said she could not understand how this could have happened if her boyfriend was handcuffed.

She said: ‘It’s not adding up to me. I can’t even picture that in a stunt movie.’

English’s uncle Eric Gary said: ‘This was a tragic loss for his family. We just hope that we can work closely with the Dayton Police Department to resolve this issue and to give some closure for the family.’

He also said that English had a six-month-old son and aspired to be an artist.

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    almost 3 years ago


    You have to wonder what makes some folks do the crazy things they do.

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    about 3 years ago



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    about 3 years ago

    According to what we know, he was accused of a crime and was being taken to jail. He had a girl friend of 16 and a six month old baby. There the sadness of the story, his child will never know his father. What's mom going to tell the child grows up, your father was arrested and was able to jump out of the car and died as he fell 30 feet. Your father committed suicide. No it will be the police did it or something like that.
    My feelings gies out to his family and to the LEOs that were involved with his arrest. A foolish lost too.

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    about 3 years ago


    @reis, there's a thing called a mute button.

    This is a man with no priors has been charged with burglary because his 16 year old girlfriends(I'm sure she told the truth about her age like any 16 year old dating an older guy does) mother got tired of him banging on the door-and the door opened. Burglary, but nothing reported stolen? Pls also Keep in mind the subject has no drugs or alcohol in his system, nor has been tased as per the coronors report. His relative may not be accurate, but has the right to be upset and freedom of speech. I feel for the officers that have to live with this, but rating a sketchy suicide up just doesn't seem like something all mighty god himself would approve of.. Very Disappointing

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    about 3 years ago

    It was a torture to watch that video.. with mr. know-it-all talking non-stop..

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    about 3 years ago


    Bet he doesn't try it again

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    about 3 years ago


    Looks like this guy beat the rap and the ride - but he couldn't beat the 30 foot plunge to his death. Not the brightest bulb.....

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    about 3 years ago


    16.... he was 20......hmmm

  • Spartan_cops_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Like his 16 year old girlfriend would know..........

    Nice job buddy.

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    about 3 years ago


    I can't even imagine what it must have been like to have witnessed this.

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    about 3 years ago


    Seriously Mr_President? You obviously have never held a job in LE. Watch the tape, and don't listen to the wanna be ministers narrations of what they think happened! Right before he escaped he said he wanted to die, he did, and now the law suits start flying!

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    about 3 years ago

    Officer had to write on heck of a report. I've had prisoners be able to release the seatbelt, roll over and kick out windows; literally disjoint themselves to slide hands under their behinds (hands now in front), take a dump and/or urinate, etc. At night you can't see in the back (plexi-glass reflects), etc., etc. Glad the officer is OK and hope he got his cuffs back. Too bad paddy wagons are not more common anymore.

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    about 3 years ago


    This suspect in my opinion wanted to use the injury as to the plan of escape as many inmates try to acquire a trip to a hospital as a best means to do so. Breaking a window is extremely difficult with your head, try it- use a good friend :) take him/her to salvage yard for a twenty dollar bet!
    Lets say he did break it and commenced to escape, having hand cuffs.
    Go out roll the window down and being cuffed escape! It's not as hard as breaking the glass by far but you can get out. Now that your DmbArs fell out the window.....GET UP!
    Time your event.
    Now, after you make it to your feet. It's home free under the cloak of DARKNESS. Of course you jump the rail in the way but lo and behold that fall is a doozie!
    What tax dollars could be saved if burglars did this. I'm sure he was innocent till proven guilty. Tazers are somewhat abused by some officers. They get dropped, used to reheat the coffee, the list goes on.

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    about 3 years ago

    Seems to me like a horrible situation for both the suspect and his family and the police department. I'm not saying the officer did anything wrong, just saying that I know how it is, you have someone in your custody and they do some crazy stuff sometimes.

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    about 3 years ago


    The problem with the video is the narrator sees what he wants and not what is shown, adding words and statements by those in the video that has no audio. I understand he is upset at the loss of his nephew but what a idiot. The ignorant comments making this about race, keep your racist comments to yourself. You are the racist for trying to make this a race issue, get a life. I just saw a clip on tru tv where an intoxicated female was able to break a window and jump out feet first before the officer could stop (I laughed at her bouncing down the road in the video). I do not feel sorry for that suspect either and she was WHITE!! I am not saying this is a perfect world and there are some justified cases involving race but why must racists like you have to make every case about race? Also, why is it that every time a suspect (I'll be nice) bites it, because of their own actions, it is always, poor rising star singer/rapper, poet, artist, straight A student, piller of the community, he changed his ways and was getting his life together, allter boy that just left church, murdered by police. Not all, but most, singers, rappers, artists, poets, etc... that I have knowledge of that die as a result of their actions and includes police contact turns out to be a criminal that is to lazy to get a job and prefers to victimize others while waiting for their big break? give me a break. I feel bad the young man lost his life but stop trying to blame others and accept the fact he caused his own death. Your comments should be left on cop bashing sites where they belong because we are to professional to bite on your trash. But thank you for sharing and have a Blessed Day.

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