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Parma Police release video of Frank Q. Jackson's traffic stop

Case goes to grand jury
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Posted at 4:55 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 10:37:11-05

PARMA, Ohio — Parma police released video Tuesday of a weekend traffic stop where the grandson of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is accused of driving off and pulling an officer down the road before leading police on a high-speed chase into Cleveland.

Parma police said it all started just after midnight Sunday morning. On the video, a police officer stopped a gold Saturn on State Road near the entrance ramp to I-480 eastbound for a window tint violation.

Body camera doesn't capture the first 30 seconds of the exchange between the officer and driver, but less than a minute into the recording, it's clear the officer knows who the driver is.

"Are you related to the mayor?" the officer asked the driver. "You're the grandson, right?"

Prosecutors said Frank Q. Jackson had just gotten out of jail hours earlier after being released on a GPS monitor following his arraignment on a separate domestic violence case.

At first, the traffic stop appeared routine.

"I can be quick," the officer told Jackson. "I can be quick as long as there's nothing in here, (and) you're honest with me, I'll get you out of here real fast okay?"

But when the officer tried to get Jackson to step out of the car so he could he search it, Jackson appeared to hesitate.

"Why do you have to check?" asked Jackson on the video.

"I just asked you, you said I could," said the officer.

"No, I don't want you to like that," said Jackson. "I'm trying to get home."

"You got something in your car or no?" the officer said.

"No, I'm trying to get home, that's all," said Jackson.

Jackson is then seen repeatedly refusing to get out of the car.

"Hop out of the car or I'm pulling you out of the car, Frank," the officer said.

"Okay, look, this part I don't get," said Jackson. "What am I getting pulled over for?"

"The tint," said the officer. "The tint is extremely illegal on this car."

"Okay, I don't get it," said Jackson.

"Frank, hop out of the car," repeated the officer as he grabbed Jackson. "I'm not fighting with you. Get out of the car."

On the video Jackson appeared to drive away with the officer still hanging onto his arm.

"He just took off northbound," radioed the officer.

The video showed police chasing Jackson into Cleveland where police said he hit a guardrail, and continued driving away.

At one point an officer reported his speed was 107 miles an hour.

Eventually, police said Jackson got off the highway where officers lost the car on side streets.

A Parma police officer then tells Cleveland police what happened.

"Frank Jackson's grandson dragged me down the road," said the officer.

Parma police said Frank Q. Jackson surrendered later.

They did not find the car Jackson was driving at the time.

In court Monday, Jackson's attorney told a judge he believed the 24 year-old was spooked and made a bad decision.

Jackson is charged with felony failure to comply with police.

Jackson was arraigned Wednesday morning and is being held on a $10,000 cash/surety bond. His case will be presented to a grand jury for further consideration.

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