Police dashcam captures Florida man throwing victim over a bridge
A Daytona Beach police officer was heading over the Main Street Bridge in Daytona Beach Sunday afternoon when he spotted a shirtless man hoisting another man over the edge.
Dashcam footage shows the officer quickly pulled over and pulled out his gun.
“On the ground right now!” the cop yells. “Get on your belly right now!”
The shirtless man, in red shorts, yells, and says, “Get my witnesses!” He then complies and gets on the ground, where he is cuffed.
In a statement, the DBPD says the the man, identified as Derek Goodin, 21, was arguing with the victim’s friend over a money matter. After throwing the man over, he throws an object, later identified by police as a wallet.
According to the police release, “The victim was defending a third person who Goodin had approached on the bridge just moments before.”
“Not only did Derrick Goodin fight with another man on the Main Street Bridge on Sunday afternoon, he threw the victim head first over the bridge into the Halifax River,” read a Facebook post. “Needless to say, Goodin was arrested and charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm, battery and breach of the peace.”
According to WFTV, the victim cut his face after hitting the water.
“He only had a gash over his eye, which is very fortunate for that kind of incident,” Lyda Longa from the Daytona Beach police department told the TV station. The victim declined to press charges and refused medical attention.
The arrest report adds: “It should be noted the act of throwing someone over a bridge of this size and in an area that has water and concrete underneath as this area does is extremely dangers [sic]. A reasonable and prudent person would believe doing so could result in death or great bodily harm.”