St. Lucie Co. deputy's P.I.T. maneuver incident 9-1-1 audio released

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Sandra Silasavage's car flipped onto its side on Okeechobee Road in Fort Pierce, after a St. Lucie County deputy performed a Performance Immobilization Technique, or P.I.T. maneuver, on her.

In the 9-1-1 audio from the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, you can hear Deputy Sean Freeman contacting dispatch to tell them an SUV is swerving on Okeechobee Road.

"She's all over the road. Off the line, in and out," said Freeman.

Deputy Freeman's siren can clearly be heard in the background audio, and he tells dispatch the car keeps going.

"Is he stopping or no?" asked a male voice. "Not so far," responded Freeman.

Less than a minute later, the audio becomes unclear, but the deputy either tells dispatch he's going to roll her, or that her car has rolled.

Sandra Silasavage, the 62-year-old handicapped driver who the deputy said was trying to flee, said she began to try to pull over as soon as she was aware of the siren and flashing lights.

"The minute I heard that, and I was on cruise control, I hit the brake to pull over and pull off the road," she said. "I kind of looked, and I saw his lights and heard the siren, and my car just totally went out of control and rolled over."

According to the incident report, Deputy Freeman had performed a P.I.T. maneuver, tapping her bumper with his. Her car flipped onto its side.

"Half of me is hanging in mid-air, and my cane fell on top of me," she sighed. "I stayed like that for a good half hour.

In the dispatch recording, you hear someone saying they were unaware of the crash.

"That would be deliberate, no crash," said an unidentified male voice. "I didn't know that happened," responded another unidentified male voice.

Silasavage was arrested, charged with fleeing, and she denies the charge. Authorities also charged her with possession of a controlled substance for four Oxycodone pills they say she had in her purse.

She said she was not driving under the influence. We are still waiting on blood work results.

Print this article Back to Top