Brake Line to Virginia Deputy’s Cruiser Cut


Due to increased efforts to kill law enforcement officials, officers are cautioned to conduct a thorough examination of their official vehicle to detect any evidence of fowl play. This alert was prompted by a recent Frederick County Virginia where a break line was intentionally cut.


The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia is investigating after the break line on a deputy’s patrol car was cut last month.

A deputy responded to a home in the 100 block of Scarlet Maple Drive in Winchester at around 4 p.m. on April 22 and spent about 40 minutes inside before driving away, accoridng to WTTG-TV.

The deputy attempted to pull over a car for a traffic stop after driving for about a mile, but when he attempted to stop his vehicle, his brake pedal went all the way to the floor and he had to the use the emergency brake to stop the car.

The patrol car was brought back to the garage to be inspected, and it was found that the brake line had been cut.

Below is a statement released by the agency:

On April 22, 2016, a second shift supervisor was contacted by a Patrol Deputy informing him that his vehicle was disabled. He indicated that he was attempting to stop a vehicle at a crossover on Route 37 when his brake pedal went all the way to the floor. Upon examination, it was discovered the brake line had been cut and had to be replaced. The Deputy had just answered a call in the 100 block of Scarlet Maple Drive. It is believed the vandalism to the patrol vehicle occurred while parked in the area of Scarlet Maple Drive.

If you have any information regarding a suspect or a suspect vehicle in this incident, please contact the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 662-6162 or Crimesolvers at (540) 665 TIPS (8477). Information leading to the arrest of a suspect may result in a reward of up to $1,000.