Correctional Deputy Jeremy Wayne Meyst
Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, California
End of Watch: Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Tour of Duty: 9 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: December 24, 2013
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Sheriff Mike Boudreaux
Tulare County Sheriff’s Office
2404 West Burrel Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone: (559) 636-4625
Correctional Deputy Jeremy Meyst was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Road 204, near Highway 198, shortly after 2:30 am.
He was transporting two prisoners from the Porterville substation to the main jail in Visalia when the crash occurred. He was ejected from the transport van when it overturned. The two prisoners suffered minor injuries.
Deputy Meyst had served with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office for nine years. He is survived by his wife and children.
On Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at approximately 0239 hours, three different civilians called dispatch to report a traffic accident involving a Sheriff’s Inmate transportation van. The van was found on Road 204 south of Highway 198 near the Friant Kern Canal Bridge. No other vehicles were present.
Officers from the Woodlake and Exeter Police Departments arrived on scene and began to perform CPR on the driver who had been ejected from the vehicle. A Sheriff’s Sergeant also arrived on scene.
Two inmates were still in the vehicle and received minor injuries that were treated. All parties were transported to a local area hospital for treatment.
California Highway Patrol officers arrived on scene and took charge of the investigation of the accident. Only the transportation van was on scene and it appears the vehicle collided with the cement guard rail for the bridge.
The driver of the vehicle was Tulare County Sheriff’s Correctional Deputy Jeremy Meyst. The deputy was transporting two individuals who had been arrested and booked from the Porterville Substation to the Main Jail. One inmate was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and the other was arrested on a DUI warrant.
Deputy Jeremy Meyst received extensive trauma during the vehicle accident and succumb to his injuries. Deputy Meyst, age 31 of Visalia is survived by his wife and children.
Deputy Jeremy Meyst was raised in the Visalia area. He was a 2001 graduate from Mount Whitney High School. Deputy Meyst was hired by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department in October of 2004 as a Detention Services Officer. In April of 2006, he was promoted to Correctional Deputy. His last assignment was at the Sheriff’s Main Jail Facility.
Sheriff Mike Boudreaux stated, “I am heartbroken that we have lost a member of our Sheriff’s Department family. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and all of our employees during this difficult time.”