Dash cam video shows scuffle between cop, suspect

Eric German. Photo Source: Middletown Jail
Eric German. Photo Source: Middletown Jail

MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - Things turned violent for an officer attempting to make a routine traffic stop, and it was all caught on tape.

Middletown Police Officer Jason Deaton pulled over Eric German, 45, Wednesday afternoon after a report that German had been involved in a hit and run accident.

German seemed combative and upset, and when Deaton tried to handcuff him, only one cuff could be secured. Deaton deployed his Taser, hitting German in the lower back.

That seems to set off German into a raging attack, and he lunges toward the officer, hitting him several times in the face and wrestling him on the police cruiser and the sidewalk.

German holds the officer in a head lock leaned up against his car, trying to get in another blow. A second officer arrives and Tasers German again. This time, it's successful and the two officers are able to handcuff the suspect.

Officer Deaton was taken to the hospital, but was released later that day. He will have to have surgery for serious facial injuries.

German has been charged with assaulting a police officer and several other felonies. He is in the Middletown Jail on a $500,000 bond.

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