Son dies when father crashes SUV during high-speed police chase

Posted at 11:49 AM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 11:49:12-04

Caroline County, Va. – Authorities now say the man driving an SUV that crashed during a police chase on Tuesday in Caroline County, was the father of the man who died in the crash.

Darryl Rusten, 52, of Ruther Glen, was being pursued by Caroline County Sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday night after they attempted to pull him over for speeding, WTVR reports.

Darryl Rusten, 52 Courtesy: WTVR

Darryl Rusten, 52
Courtesy: WTVR

During the chase, Caroline County deputies say Rusten was traveling up to 120 MPH.

On Route 17 in Essex, Rusten crashed the SUV, running it off the road and hitting a tree.

The passengers in the vehicle were Rusten’s 22-year-old son, Darryl Farmer, and his 10-year-old stepdaughter.

Darryl Farmer, 22  Courtesy: WTVR

Darryl Farmer, 22
Courtesy: WTVR

Farmer died at the scene.

Rusten and his stepdaughter were flown to VCU Medical Center with serious injuries.

According to WTVR, Caroline Deputies said Rusten was driving despite having a suspended license.

Caroline Court records show Rusten was found guilty of driving without a license three times since 2013.

Court records in Maryland show several additional driving without a license charges placed there against Rusten, but many of those were nolle prosequi’d.

Still, he was found guilty there of failing to display a license.

Police have not charged Rusten yet, but they expect to do so soon.


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