COCOA, Fla. (WESH) — New video from deputy body cameras shows the second time a man escaped authorities inside a police vehicle.
At the beginning of the video, a deputy could be heard yelling “Hey, get behind the car” before the man speeds away from the scene. The deputy then adds, “Are you (expletive) kidding me.”
Xavier Cummings was arrested on Thursday after deputies said he stole two Cocoa police cars and then led authorities on a multi-county chase.
Officials said it started when Cocoa police were called to check out a report of a suspicious person on Interstate 95. During that investigation, deputies said Cummings got into a marked patrol car and took off.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said officers in Cocoa tried a pit maneuver, which sent the car into a wooded area. Officers tried to get Cummings out of the car but said he was able to run away and jump into a second Cocoa police car that was running and unlocked.
“The suspect and the vehicle were in the wooded area just off the highway. As officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, he fled, jumped into another Cocoa patrol vehicle and continued north,” a statement from the Cocoa police department said.
Cummings drove north on I-95 with multiple agencies giving chase as he crossed into Volusia County.
Authorities used stop sticks to bring the chase to an end in the Oak Hill area.
The chase led to a brief closure on northbound I-95.
Cummings faces a slew of charges including armed burglary of a conveyance; escape, fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement; two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; two counts of grand theft firearm; two counts of grand theft motor vehicle; and driving while license suspended.
Cummings has been arrested three times for trespassing in the Cocoa area within the past year.
Other local arrests in Brevard County over the past ten years include battery and marijuana possession. Prison records show convictions for child abuse and other crimes in Okeechobee County.
Police say inside the vehicles, Cummings and had access to guns and pepper spray.
Cocoa’s new police chief Evander Collier and Mayor Mike Blake declined to talk to reporters.
A spokesperson did not answer questions about whether officers followed correct procedures before their cars were stolen, or how much damage was done to the cars.