Trooper Josh Earrey, (Contraband Interdiction Program,
Jacksonville) and K-9 Boss
On Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, Trooper Joshua Earrey, was traveling eastbound on Normandy Boulevard en route to K-9 training when he observed a driver enter the roadway from a local store parking lot in a reckless manner. Earrey activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the driver of the vehicle, but the driver continued eastbound on Normandy Boulevard. Earrey saw the driver make a left turn into a residential neighborhood area and turned off his emergency equipment as he patrolled the neighborhood looking for the vehicle. He observed the driver turn into a parking lot of an elementary school. Earrey traveled to the rear of the school and saw the driver flee on foot. He got out of his patrol vehicle and pursued the suspect on foot, and was eventually able to take the suspect into custody without incident.
Earrey notified the Jacksonville Regional Communications Center of the incident. When officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrived as backup units, it was determined the suspect had just committed an armed car-jacking. The suspect took the vehicle from a woman and her small child and had been fleeing from other marked police vehicles. Although the suspect had committed the car-jacking using a handgun, it was not on him when Earrey took him into custody. Earrey then searched the area where the suspect had traveled on foot and found the gun in a ditch.
The victim of the car-jacking responded to the scene and identified the suspect as the perpetrator of the crime. The suspect was a 14-year-old juvenile, and the weapon was a stolen handgun. If not for Earrey’s observations and quick action, this case may not have been solved. Great work!