JEFFERSON, Ohio– Jefferson police body camera video helped lead to an investigation and indictment of an Ashtabula County Sheriff’s deputy.
The body camera video was made public Thursday, a few days after Sgt. James Truckey was indicted.
“I was on the ground and handcuffed and he came right up to me and struck me,” said 39-year-old Ed Dirrigl of Ashtabula.
Dirrigl suffered a concussion, broken nose and an eye injury.
Truckey was indicted on several charges including felonious assault and falsifying a report.
The video shows Dirrigl obeying orders given to him by a Jefferson police officer. Dirrigel was charged, but those charges have been dismissed.
Dirrigl was a passenger on Eric Platt’s ATV on Sept. 11. The two were coming home from a friend’s wedding reception and were allegedly speeding. Police attempted to pull the two over, but Platt didn’t stop.
“I don’t know why he didn’t stop, but I was scared and afraid if I jumped off I would get hurt,” Dirrigl said.
Sgt. Truckey is also accused of assaulting Platt. Sources said Platt required stitches.
Platt is facing several charges, including felonious assault.
Dirrigl said he is thankful for the Jefferson officer, who was next to him when he was struck by Sgt. Truckey.
“I think it would have been worse if it wasn’t for him and he was able to record what happened with his body camera,” Dirrigl said.
Jefferson Police Chief Dave Wassie said officers have to protect everyone, including those they arrest.
“We take this matter very seriously,” Wassie said.
Ashtabula Sheriff Bill Johnson said Sgt. Truckey is on a paid administrative leave.