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Off-Duty Officer Chases Suspect With Family In Car

Daytona Beach News-Journal via YellowBrix

April 27, 2010

DAYTONA, FL – An off-duty Oak Hill police officer with his wife and children in tow narrated a high-speed car chase that included his firing a shot at a pickup driver accused of attempting to ram the family’s sedan.

The recording of the 9-1-1 call to Volusia County sheriff’s dispatchers released Monday included claims of a pursuit that reached speeds of more than 90 mph on southbound Interstate 95 north of New Smyrna Beach before exiting onto State Road 44.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Officer Brandy Alexander Sutherin, 34, called dispatchers to report a pickup had hit his family’s 2000 BMW sedan at least twice as it traveled along the interstate.

With his wife, Christina Sutherin, 32, at the wheel and his three children in the back seat, Brandy Sutherin calmly relayed details during the 16-minute recording as operators urged him to slow down for the safety of his family.

“He is doing in excess of 120 (mph), and we are at 90,” Brandy Sutherin said during the call, while trying to read the truck’s license tag.

“I know you are an officer, but you don’t want to put your family in danger by flying down the highway to get a license,” the unidentified operator said.

“I am following at a safe distance,” the officer said.

The pursuit continued onto westbound State Road 44 as the family followed their accused assailant, who police identified as Jared Wayne Williams, 21, of Perry.

Then things got even more dangerous.

Brandy Sutherin told dispatchers at one point in the ordeal that Williams tried to ram his family’s car head-on while traveling along S.R. 44. In response, the officer fired a single-shot from his personal .45-caliber pistol at the truck’s rear tires. He told the dispatcher he thought he missed.

The vehicles raced west on S.R. 44, away from the interstate and toward State Road 415, with a short detour into the Venetian Bay subdivision before turning back east on S.R. 44, Florida Highway Patrol and New Smyrna Beach police investigators said in reports released Monday.

The pursuit finally ended when Brandy Sutherin convinced his wife to stop at a convenience store at S.R. 415.

Sutherin said he last saw the pickup heading east on S.R. 44.

Law enforcement officers issued a statewide alert for Williams and his black Ford F-150 pickup. Police have submitted aggravated assault charges with the State Attorney’s Office against the North Florida resident for his role in the suspected road rage incident.

Oak Hill Police Chief Diane Young on Monday said Sutherin is on paid administrative leave while troopers and New Smyrna Beach officers conduct their investigation. At present, he faces no charges, the chief said.

She said her agency is also conducting an internal review of Sutherin’s actions to see if they were justified.

Young did not respond to requests for comment about the 9-1-1 recording or the outside investigations, saying they were ongoing.

Telephone messages left on an answering machine at Sutherin’s Edgewater home Monday were not returned.

Brandy Sutherin started with Oak Hill as an unpaid reserve officer, then was hired part time in January. He was put on full-time status in March, a department official said.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 4 years ago


    WTF? Palin 2012

  • Me_nye_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Unbelievable. It clearly shows that this officer puts his job before his family, even when off duty.

  • Garren_3_max50


    over 4 years ago


    He is obviously not the sharpest thorn on the cactus.

  • Police_link_badge_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Road Rage on both halfs......and when we think were right, it's hard to back down even when we know we should ( We've all been there ).........Poor example to his family and to the profession.................

  • 20140718_195833-1_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Can someone tell me what in the heck was going through this officers head that he would think this was the right thing to do??? Why would he put his family in danger???? It's just CRAZY!!!!

  • Grannys_house_008_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Can you say "idiot". Not just the chase, nor the fact his wife was driving, strike two. Or the fact his kids were there, strike three your out. But then shot's fired from a moving vehicle, Hey Brandy See my thumb, gee your

  • Battering-ram-full_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This officer gets no props from me, he is a fool. He is a police officer he has to risk his life, I am quite sure his wife and children aren't ! He was DUMB! I would never expose my loved ones to that danger!!!!

  • Aaa_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The man has shown none of the common sense to survive as a LEO. His children and wife should never have been exposed to the danger of a high speed chase.

  • Jack-sparrow-pirates-of-the-caribbean_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I would not risk my family's life in a chase. If I were alone, I'd assist my fellow officers in my POV. Although a truck would be in my favor since my Saturn is very small.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Bump Topcop's statement. Now if the Leo was alone,....................

  • Car_004_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Hey, let's not judge the wife, she was driving a BMW after all, those cars handle at 90 like a Pinto does at 20!! You know she was seeing red...that bi--h shratched my beammer!!! Only kidding. What to say..........................I, uh...................well the............ummmmmmmm.................yeah.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    I can see child endangerment charges on the horizen

  • 1979_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Topcop said it all. The judgement used was horrible to say the least. Not only that, but his wife was driving! She definately is not trained in high speed pursuit and I rather doubt this 'Officer' has been trained either. I know where Oak Hill is and it is a very small Dept. They need to simply fire him for his very poor judgement. Additionally the suspect hopefully will be located and placed in jail for his actions.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    ~Brandy Sutherin started with Oak Hill as an unpaid reserve officer, then was hired part time in January. He was put on full-time status in March, a department official said.~ nuff said

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


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