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Terrifying Rollover Crash Captured on Dashcam Video, Off-Duty Detective Helps Save Driver

BROOKSVILLE – A rollover crash happened right in front of an off-duty Brooksville Police Detective, and the terrifying incident was captured on dashcam video.

According to reports, Detective Tracey Schofield was traveling eastbound on Cortez Blvd at Buck Hope Road, when he witnessed a PT Cruiser clip the rear of an SUV. As a result, the SUV overturned several times before coming to rest on the passenger side.

Scholfield, who was off-duty at the time, climbed on top of the vehicle to help support the victim, due to the seatbelt being wrapped around his neck.

Deputy Spooner of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in rescuing the driver from the vehicle.

Scholfield tells RNRF, “. . . This was a team effort with many hands helping out. I just happened to be the first on scene.” Scholfield says the victim has some broken bones but that he believe she will be okay.

The at fault driver, 20-year-old Jake Austin James Middlebrook was cited for careless driving.

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  • TO LADY, YOUR CORRECT YOUNG DRIVERS SCARE ME MUCH MORE THAN ELDER, SPEEDING,RECKLESS,FACES GLUED TO (DUMB PHONES), ONLY WHEN PEOPLE ARE MUCH OLDER AND BEGIN TO HAVE POOR REFLEXES, OR MAYBE DEMENTIA ETC. THEN THERE’S REAL DANGER, BUT ADULTS SIMPLY HAVE MORE EXPERIENCE AND YOU CAN’T TEACH THAT!

    Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 9:51 am
  • GOOD JOB MR. SCHOFIELD !!! NO HESITATION,JUST DID WHAT GOOD AMERICANS DO! AS FOR THE DRIVER OF THE PT………….WHAT WAS HE ACTUALLY AT LOOKING OR DID HE EVEN SEE? ( THE VEHICLE!) IT’S APPARENT WASN’T LOOKING IN FRONT AT ALL, LIKE THERE’S AN SUV, MINIVAN I’M GONNA TURN LEFT AND JUST HIT IT!??? WHAT THE FREAK! ALSO RC…GREAT ADVICE! THANKS FOR INFO AS I’M GONNA REALLY CONSIDER IT FOR MY 15 YR OLD, I DIDN’T DO SUCH WITH MY OLDER 1 AND I REGRET SUCH, MANY TICKETS AND SEVERAL ACCIDENTS ALL AVOIDABLE TOO,FORTUNATELY HE’S DRIVING MUCH BETTER NOW AND HIS EARLIER DRIVING TROUBLES WERE MOSTLY THE RESULT OF THAT KNOW IT ALL MENTALITY MOST YOUNGSTERS HAVE AT APPROX AGE 14-22, PRAYERS FOR BOTH DRIVERS,AND AGAIN MORE EXTENSIVE TRAINING IS NEEDED FOR BEGINNING DRIVERS

    Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 9:46 am
  • got my drivers license in Holland long time ago,mandatory 20 1.5 hour drviing lessons and mandatory 20 1.5 hours driving along with an instructor and other student before you can even do a test and the test is also 1 hour driving and 1 hour theory.Here in usa,25 cents in the gumball machine and here ya go,here is your DL lol.

    Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 8:26 am
    • If you wanna live like your in Holland, go back to Holland.

      Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 11:36 am
  • Dang, didn’t know a PT cruiser was that strong. I thought that car wasn’t gonna flip at all! Am shocked! They should’ve waited before turning but nope.

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 10:46 pm
  • Glad that everyone is ok! Just shows the Quality of American steel Verse Jap Sh*t Recycled Budweiser Can Cars!

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 8:40 pm
  • Hope she will be ok. Great job guys!!!

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 8:09 pm
  • Just an update on the crash. The female driver in the rollover vehicle is doing ok and is recovering at a local hospital after sustaining some broken bones and many bumps and bruises from the crash. Luckily both drivers were wearing the proper safety equipment and the vehicle airbags did what they were designed to do. The Brooksville Police Department asks that all drivers and passengers to please wear their seatbelts and to drive carefully. This could happen to anyone of us and the life you save may be yours or a loved one.

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 7:17 pm
    • Det. Schofield, what Brand / Model of dash cam do you have? I like the quality of the video.

      Friday, 2 March 2018, 11:34 am
  • Problem is there is no driver education in High School so these kids when there are 18 answer some questions take a little cruise and there you go. they have no behind the wheel experience before being turned loose on the public!

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 6:51 pm
    • Agreed. Driver’s Ed is not adequate. Kids get their licenses too young in FL. Private lessons as well as the Sheriff’s Driver Teen Challenge (formerly Collision Avoidance Training) is what they should all have. Both of my kids had that training and I highly recommend it. It’s well worth it.

      Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 12:46 am
    • Yes not enough time learning but also the elderly forgot what they learned on how to drive.ALL should have to re-test atleast once a year

      Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 10:18 am
  • Amazing footage of wreck causing the vehicle to flip! Hope all are ok. The young man obviously wasn’t paying attention!!

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 6:38 pm
  • Lady= agree! CATCH UP FLORIDA, OUT LAW CELL PHONE USE WHILE DRINK AND IS SUE HAVE FINE WHEN CAUGHT Maybe she wasn’t on phone, just didn’t learn how to drive. Prayers for the victim and thumbs up to leo’s that helped her. Job well done.

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 5:19 pm
    • Whoops DRiving, not drink. Issue heavy fine, gotta love these tabkets. Sorry

      Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 5:21 pm
  • Drake is one of most responsible people I know. I hope the lady is okay and thanks to our wonderful Detective Tracey to the rescue

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 5:07 pm
  • I hope the driver of SUV is ok

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 4:38 pm
  • Glad the officer was there to help. I’m curious about the opening seconds of the video. Would that be a legal turn, out of the Publix parking lot directly into the inside eastbound lane on Cortez Blvd, if it were not a LEO driving?

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 3:57 pm
    • That’s not a legal turn? What if one wanted to go that left turn lane from there, is that not legal either?

      Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 6:11 pm
      • that is a legal turn but you have to wait your turn to go.

        Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 6:54 pm
        • Gladys asked about turning out of the Publix lot.

          Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 9:03 am
    • Watch the video.. The SUV was in her lane . What was illegal about it ??

      Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 9:08 pm
  • Good job to all those who helped out. I have a dash cam for instances like this. Never know when it will come in handy.

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 3:46 pm
  • What are people doing while driving???

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 3:45 pm
  • 20 y/o driver not paying attention and clearly at fault.. Prob. on the phone. This is when I get livid when people accuse ” over 50 “” should not be driving… Prayers for the poor SUV driver…Pay attention people.. This county is getting sooooooo out of control….

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 3:42 pm

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