Trooper Joshua Earrey
Troop G - Jacksonville
Congratulations to Trooper Joshua G. Earrey for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for October 2008, for his swift and determined actions that resulted in the apprehension and arrest of a suspect who had just committed an armed carjacking.
On Friday, October 17, 2008, at approximately 8:10 a.m., Trooper Earrey was travelling to K-9 training in Jacksonville, when he observed a yellow SUV enter Normandy Boulevard from a grocery store parking lot. He noticed that the driver of the yellow SUV was travelling in a very reckless manner when exiting the parking lot, which gave rise to his suspicion that the driver may have been involved in other criminal activity.
Trooper Earrey activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the driver. The driver failed to stop and continued eastbound on Normandy Boulevard for a short distance before turning into a residential neighborhood. Trooper Earrey turned off his emergency equipment, but continued northbound in the neighborhood to watch for the vehicle. As he observed the vehicle turning into the parking lot of an elementary school, he traveled to the rear of the school where he saw the driver flee from the yellow SUV on foot. Trooper Earrey exited his patrol vehicle and pursued the suspect through a wooded area on foot and apprehended him without incident.
Trooper Earrey was in contact with FHP communications as the incident unfolded. When officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) arrived, it was discovered that the suspect had just carjacked the vehicle at gunpoint from a female and her small child. It was also learned that the suspect had fled from JSO officers just prior to his contact with you. JSO officers advised Trooper Earrey that the suspect had committed the carjacking using a handgun. However, the weapon was not located on the suspect when Trooper Earrey took him into custody.
After learning that a pistol had been used to commit the carjacking, Trooper Earrey conducted a search of the wooded area where the suspect had fled on foot. He located a revolver in a ditch where the suspect had travelled during the foot pursuit. The victim responded to the scene and identified the 14 year-old juvenile suspect as the perpetrator of the crime. It was also determined that the firearm had been reported stolen. The suspect was turned over to JSO for follow-up investigation and charges.
Trooper Earrey is to be commended for his excellent police work and dedication, which is in the best tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol. Congratulations to Trooper Earrey for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month!