Watch: Deputy's BWC shows father tackle son to the ground during arrest for hit-and-run

Three bystanders, including the suspect's father, helped the deputy wrestle the hit-and-run suspect to the ground so he could be arrested

By Sarah Roebuck

DURHAM, N.C. — A pursuit of a hit-and-run suspect that ended with the suspect being tackled by his own father was caught on Durham County sheriff's deputies' body and dash camera videos, WRAL reports

The Durham County Sheriff's Office said Blake Grady hit and killed a 61-year-old riding a bike on Dec. 4, 2022. Deputies pursued Grady after he hit the cyclist. Their body-worn cameras show him trying to evade arrest, first in his car and then on foot. However, one deputy was able to catch up with Grady and tackle him to the ground.

The body-worn camera video then shows three bystanders helping deputies wrestle Grady to the ground. Once the bystanders helped control Grady, the deputy was able to place him in handcuffs.  

In the video, you can hear someone on the radio ask what is the nature of Grady's injuries, to which the deputy replies, "Unsure. Under the influence of something. He flipped his car in a ditch.”

Once deputies got Grady into the back of a patrol vehicle, the video reveals one of the bystanders was Grady's father. WRAL reports it is not clear how or why the suspect's father was at the scene. 

 Another video shows an exchange between Grady's father and a deputy. “He’s my son,” the father can be heard saying in the video. “Go back inside,” the deputy tells Grady’s father. “We got it right now.”

“Don’t let him back out,” Grady’s father said. “I mean, don’t let him out.”

Grady is facing several charges, including second-degree murder. WRAL reports he also has 40 criminal convictions, including multiple DWIs.

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