Dispatcher saves man from wreck

by | March 14, 2019 5:00 pm

Last Updated: March 13, 2019 at 9:14 am

On Feb. 16 about 3 a.m., Colleton County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher Daquan Sutter was traveling to work from the Summerville area. The drive didn’t turn out as expected.
As he headed down Cottageville Highway, Sutter noticed a black Jeep started driving erratically in front of his vehicle. As both vehicles were approaching Colleton County limits, he observed the Jeep driving all over the roadway, in and out of the opposite lane of traffic, almost slamming into residents’ mailboxes.
Worried the driver was going to harm himself or an innocent victim, Sutter called Colleton County dispatch to get law enforcement officers to respond.
While continuing to follow the vehicle from a safe distance, Sutter watched as the car swerved into the opposite lane then come back into the correct lane of traffic. The driver then lost control of the vehicle, ramming into the guard rail at full speed, tearing the rail out of the ground. The Jeep flipped around 4-5 times before landing upside down in a large body of water off of Cottageville Highway.
Still on the phone giving updates to dispatch, Sutter pulled over to see if there was anything he could do. At this point, he said his only thought was how he could get to the victim who was trapped inside the vehicle. He yelled to see if someone in the vehicle was able to respond to the sound of his voice.
Finally, Sutter heard a voice shout back to him, letting him know they were alive. He then jumped into the knee-high water, climbing on top of the upside-down vehicle, continuing to yell out to the victim to pinpoint where he was.
As he made his way over to the driver’s side of the vehicle, Sutter was able to locate the victim — luckily the only person inside. Sutter used the flashlight on his phone to see how to free the victim as he lowered his hand inside, grabbing the victim and pulling him through the broken window to safety.
At this point, Sutter helped the driver up the embankment while waiting on the authorities to arrive.
He was still on the line with dispatch, who told him Colleton County deputies and Colleton County Fire-Rescue were almost to the location.
When deputies and paramedics arrived, they examined the victim for possible injuries. The victim refused to be transported to Colleton County Medical to receive further treatment.
“Because of the heroic actions of a young man who went above and beyond the call of duty, we were able to save a life. The outcome might have been different if it weren’t for his quick thinking and responsive nature at the scene of the accident. Due to his outstanding efforts in regard to this incident, we would like to present Daquan Sutter with a certificate of recognition for his brave actions in an emergency situation. A person who puts themselves at great personal risk to aid a fellow human being states so much about one’s character,” said Sheriff R.A. Strickland.

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  1. Comment by Mary Jane

    March 14, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Little Andy boy, too little too late son. December 31st is your last day as sheriff. Clean out your desk, tuck your tail between your legs, and hand in your weapon & badge. You are a defeated Nazi son!!

  2. Comment by Monroe

    March 14, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    I agree, Andy you’re done son! New Sheriff in 2020.

  3. Comment by R.J.A.

    March 15, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Agreed!! I voted for him in the last election. HUGE MISTAKE!!! The little punk won’t be getting my vote this year.

  4. Comment by W. Herndon

    March 15, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Yes, Andy is definitely getting voted out of office. I’m actually glad because he used his badge to bully people, charge people with bogus crimes, and used it as a symbol of power, thinking that he is above the law. Well Andrew, soon you’ll just be a common man.

  5. Comment by Mrs. Hudson

    March 16, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    I must completely agree with all of the above statements. His character, conduct, and actions are not fit for someone who is in an important position such as he. Frankly, I find him a little mentally disturbed, and him being around firearms frightens and disturbs me. In November he will definitely not be getting my vote, nor my husband’s. We are both disgusted with him and we’re going to help Colleton County vote him out of office once and for all.

  6. Comment by Ed

    March 22, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    The soon to be EX sheriff!!! Colleton residents will make their voices heard at the polls in November.

  7. Comment by Angela

    March 22, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Look @ the guy in the black shirt. That’s the face of a defeated man. He knows he doesn’t stand a chance of being elected again. I just can’t wait until the election results come out.

  8. Comment by G-Man

    March 23, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Yea, dis boy iz dun as sheriff. Ppl ready 2 make dat change.

  9. Comment by C.C.C.C

    March 24, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Bye bye Andy Strickland. Your services as sheriff will no longer be needed in 2020. Gonna be a Democrat this year, or Republican? Bet it’s Democrat because the Republican side is stacked and you wouldn’t stand a chance of getting the nomination there. You’re the worst sheriff Colleton County has ever had, and I’m spreading the word to get you voted out of office. You fooled the black residents the 1st time, but not this time. Clean out your desk and go home, you are a defeated man and you know it already. No matter what you try or what lies you tell the citizens, we are done with you being the sheriff of our great county. And I’ll make sure that whoever wins the election will not keep you employed or else they won’t be getting votes either.

  10. Comment by Philly Fred

    March 25, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Look, a picture of a hero and a zero!! The zero is on the right.

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