Thursday, September 20, 2018
Walton County, FL – On Friday, August 31, 2018 at approximately 11:45 pm the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the intersection of US Highway 98 and State Rd 283 in South Walton County in reference to a two vehicle accident that resulted in three (3) fatalities.
According to the FHP news release, 21-year-old Dustin Lee Dupree of Freeport was traveling north bound on SR 283 in a silver 2003 Dodge Durango.
As Dupree approached the intersection of US 98, he failed to stop for the red light and entered the intersection. The front of Dupree’s Dodge Durango collided with passenger side of a white 2015 Subaru Outback that was traveling east on US 98. After the collision, both vehicles came to final rest on the north side of the intersection.
Both occupants of the Subaru Outback, 43-year-old Robert Michael Brown and 44-year-old Meredith Margaret Snow, both of Destin, died at the scene as well as Dupree.
Dupree’s passenger, 25-year-old Brittany Elaine Spires of DeFuniak Springs, was critically injured.
On Wednesday, September 20, 2018, after receiving multiple public information requests for information regarding the traffic crash, The Walton County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement.
Following multiple public record requests, Walton County Sheriff’s Office is releasing a 911 call and dashcam video from the night of August 31st prior to a fatal crash. We have spoken to the families of the victim’s who have agreed the video be published on this platform.
Walton County dispatch received a 911 call at 11:42 pm Friday in regards to a drunk and disorderly person at AJ’s Grayton Beach. The caller identifies the subject as Dustin Dupree. The complainant tells dispatchers Dupree has been arguing with customers inside the business and got physical with a security guard. The caller then states Dupree got into a silver Dodge Durango with a white female and was attempting to leave when he ran over a parking curb.
According to the caller, Dupree spends several minutes attempting to leave the parking lot before pulling out at 11:47 pm.
It’s at that time a Walton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy pulls up to the intersection at County Road 283 and West County Highway 30a and spots the suspect in the Dodge Durango traveling northbound in the wrong lane of traffic. Dashcam video shows the two vehicles meeting head-on at the intersection of 30a when the deputy turns on his lights signaling for a traffic stop.
The video shows Dupree attempt to get around the deputy’s vehicle, however, the deputy pulls to the left to prevent Dupree from fleeing. In a second attempt, Dupree backs up and then enters the northbound lane of 283 and speeds around the deputy before disappearing out of view.
At 11:47:43 the deputy tells dispatchers Dupree has fled from the attempted traffic stop. Deputy Stephens clears the intersection and heads north on 283. Minutes later, at 11:49:12 dashcam video shows the deputy arriving on the scene at the Intersection of Highway 98 and C.R. 283 and relays to dispatchers there has been a crash.
Florida Highway Patrol is continuing their Traffic Homicide Investigation. Any further details will be released by their agency once it is available.