Area police agencies mourn Maury deputy; DUI suspect from Brentwood


Area police agencies mourn Maury deputy; DUI suspect from Brentwood

Area law enforcement agencies have responded with a show of solidarity and condolences to a late deputy’s family and co-workers after a Tuesday auto crash claimed the first Maury County Sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty.

Area law enforcement agencies have responded with a show of solidarity and condolences to a late deputy’s family and co-workers after a Tuesday auto crash claimed the first Maury County Sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty.

Deputy Darrell Perritt, 42, died about 3 a.m. Tuesday as he responded to a call to backup another MCSD deputy in pursuit of a DUI suspect on Clara Mathis Road in Spring Hill. Perritt’s patrol car veered off the road and struck a tree, killing him instantly, a Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman said. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Perritt had been a MCSD reserve officer for two years before he was commissioned to full status in August.

Moments earlier Tuesday, Carissa Christ, 22, fled the scene of a hit-and-run accident, THP Sgt. Bill Miller said. She crashed her own vehicle slightly farther along Clara Mathis Road and was flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Christ, of 9551 Hampton Road in Brentwood, was released from the hospital Tuesday and immediately booked into the Maury County jail in lieu of posting bond of $25,500, a MCSD spokesman said.

She faces charges of driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license, leaving the scene of an accident, felony evading arrest, and two counts of reckless endangerment by motor vehicle. In addition, the Maury County District Attorney’s office will determine whether to seek additional charges because of Perritt’s death. The Hickman County Sheriff’s department told WKRN-News 2 that Christ previously had been charged there with driving on a revoked license and a DUI.

Maury County deputies said Perritt is the first Maury County deputy ever to die in the line of duty. His home is also located on Clara Mathis Road, not far from the scene of the crash. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Ashley Perritt, and their three children, a 22-year-old daughter, and sons ages 17 and 11.

Meanwhile law enforcement agencies throughout Tennessee expressed condolences for the falen officer, his family, and fellow officers

In a press release Tuesday night, the Spring Hill Police Department announced its support for Perritt’s family as well as his fellow deputies.

“All of us at Spring Hill Police Department want to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Deputy Darrell Perritt and to everyone at the Maury County Sheriff’s Office,” the Spring Hill Police Department said Tuesday night in a prepared statement. “We are saddened by this tragedy and offer our support in the days ahead.”

Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner contacted Maury County Sheriff Bucky Rowland to offer her sympathy and the department’s support. FPD public affairs officer Sgt. Charles Warner told Home Page Media Group the department “will certainly have officers at Deputy Perritt’s services to pay respect to our fallen brother.”

“Our hearts hurt, along with those of the Maury County community, Sheriff’s Office staff, and Deputy Perritt’s family and friends,” Faulkner said. “The men and women of the Franklin Police Department are holding this tragic loss close to our hearts, and in our prayers today.”

Assistant Chief Tommy Walsh, of the Brentwood Police Department, expressed that agency’s sadness and plans to honor Perritt.

“We were saddened to learn of the loss of Deputy Perritt,” Walsh said. “We extend our deepest sympathies to Sheriff Rowland and the members of the Maury County Sheriff’s Department. Our officers will be wearing black mourning bands over their badges to honor Deputy Perritt. We will also be sending officers to the funeral, as we do each time a local officer is killed in the line of duty.”

Walsh also said grief counseling was available for BPD staff.

Deputies with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department plan to attend Perritt’s funeral. Nolensville Police Chief Troy Huffines has also extended his condolences to the Maury County Sheriff’s Department.

“As in all law enforcement departments, we are all affected when a fellow law enforcement officer loses their life while carrying out their duties,” Huffines said. “It reminds each one of us who work in this profession that one day one of us may have to give the ultimate sacrifice and give a life in the service to our community.”

A Maury County Sheriff’s Department told Spring Hill Home Page on Wednesday that funeral plans for Perritt have been delayed because his parents are out of town. In fact, they were traveling home from Louisiana Monday night when they were involved in a separate crash of their own. That wreck occurred in Mississippi and both of Perritt’s parents sustained non-life threatening injuries. They remain hospitalized there.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Perritt’s family. As of Wednesday morning, the fund had already accumulated more than $10,000 for his wife and children.

Staff writer Greg Jinkerson covers Spring Hill for Home Page Media Group. Contact him at greg@springhillhomepage.com or follow him on Twitter @Greg_SHHP

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