Pasco County Sheriff Police Car

‘Dangerous and Stupid Man’ Pasco County Sheriff Deputies Rescue Children From a Sinking Car

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – On Nov. 19, a Pasco STAR deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for a window tint violation near the intersection of San Marco and US 19, Port Richey. Although the vehicle appeared to begin stopping, the vehicle ultimately fled into a mobile home park. The suspect driving the fleeing vehicle eventually lost control and crashed into a pond.

Deputies and citizens rushed into the pond to rescue the suspect, a passenger, and two children within the vehicle. No one was injured. As deputies were pulling the suspect from the vehicle, a baggie, which contained a substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine, was discovered floating in front of the suspect.

The suspect was then arrested for several charges, including child abuse, possession of methamphetamines, driving with a suspended license, fleeing to elude, and reckless driving. The suspect also had three outstanding warrants, which he states is the reason he fled.

Pasco Sheriff’s Office said, “The video below includes body-worn camera from several deputies, as well as a citizen’s video of the crash. We show these videos to show the variety of calls to which our men and women respond each day, and how those calls can take a drastic turn in a split second. We again thank the citizens that jumped into the pond to assist deputies in rescuing those in the vehicle.”


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