Video: Cleveland mayor’s grandson flee from Parma police; officer pulled by car before chase

Updated: Jan. 26, 2021 at 1:17 PM EST
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PARMA, Ohio (WOIO) - The Parma Police Department released dash and body camera video that shows officers trying to apprehend the grandson of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson before he fleeing and triggering a high-speed pursuit.

Frank Q. Jackson was initially stopped by Parma police just after midnight on Jan. 24 for a tinted windows violation in the area of State Road near Brookpark Road, according to detectives.

“Are you related to the mayor,” one of the officers could be heard asking Jackson.

Police said Jackson first consented to a search of the vehicle, but he eventually fled as one of the Parma officers repeatedly asked him to step out of the car.

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According to a police spokesperson, one of the responding officers held onto the car as Jackson accelerated from the scene. He was pulled a short distance and suffered minor injuries.

It was later discovered by the Parma police officers after Jackson fled that he had just been in court that morning in connection to a December 2020 domestic violence case in Cleveland.

Officers followed Jackson as he lead a miles long high speed pursuit on Cleveland’s West Side.

Parma police say they called off the pursuit after Jackson reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour along I-90. He eluded police, but then turned himself into the custody of Parma police a few hours later.

It’s unclear what happened in the time between the moment he lost officers around 1 a.m. and when he came to the Parma Police Department to turn himself in at 3 a.m.

However, officers say they never did find the gold car he refused to let them search. Police say he showed up to the station in a different car.

We To be fair to Frank Q Jackson, we reached out to Parma Police this evening about why the officer wanted to search his car.

Lt. Dan Ciryak responded with the following statement when we asked whether it is protocol for officers to search a vehicle of someone stopped for illegally tinted windows:

Arrested after incident with Parma police on Jan. 24.
Arrested after incident with Parma police on Jan. 24.((Source: Parma police))

The 24-year-old appeared in Parma Municipal Court on Monday on charges that have since been transferred to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for prosecution. Jackson faces felony charges, including failure to comply with a police order.

In addition to the pending domestic violence litigation, Jackson was also actively on probation dating back to a January 2020 assault conviction. He was sentenced to 18 months probation for assaulting an 18-year-old woman in June 2019.

Jackson is being held at the Cuyahoga County Jail, a Parma police spokesperson said.

This story will be updated.

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