Florida Cops Borrow Civilian Boat to Chase Down Suspect in Jet Ski Theft

The sheriff’s office in Volusia County, Florida, published footage showing officers borrowing a boat to chase down a suspect accused of stealing a Jet Ski.

In a post accompanying the footage, the sheriff’s office said, “Around 12:30 pm, deputies responded to assist the Ormond Beach Police Department on a report of an in-progress theft of a jet ski.”

The Volusia Sheriff’s Office said the suspect, whom they named as 48-year-old Ronald Williams, “had been unable to get the watercraft started, but decided to float away on it anyway.”

This footage shows officers asking a family if they can use their boat, then taking the vessel to pursue the suspect.

In the footage, the police tell the suspect to swim over to them. He replies, “I don’t know how to swim.”

Police thanked the family for lending their boat to help apprehend the suspect.

The suspect was taken into custody and the Jet Ski was returned to its owner, the sheriff’s office said. Credit: Volusia Sheriff’s Office via Storyful

Video transcript

- Hey, guys, quick question.

- Yes, sir.

- We got a guy down here that's trying to steal a jet ski. He's on the jet ski in the river. Is there any way you can take a couple of us down there to him?

- Sure, sure.

- OK.

- You want you to take the boat. You can take it and come back.

- He's willing to let us use the boat. You can-- I know you got lots of boating experience.

- Hey.

- Right here.

- Sheriff's office! Sheriff's office! Show us your arms

- Put your hands up. Come over here. Come over here.


- What?

- Swim.

- I don't know how to swim.

- So you're gonna take a jet ski and you don't know how to swim?

- He's lying.

- Lookie here.

- Look, I [INAUDIBLE]. Try and get to the front of the jet ski.

- OK. Where's the front?

- Do you have any weapons on you?

- No, no I don't.

- Any weapons, guns, knives anything?


- Thank you, I'm Sergeant Turner, by the way.

- I gave them a card.

- OK. I'm Sergeant Turner. Thank you very much.

- Absolutely. Y'all did great.

- I'm going to go give this to these guys.

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