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Deputy dies in Christmas Eve crash

The Foothills Sun-Gazette of Exeter, California

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CHP investigating what caused Sheriff's transport van to hit cement guardrail of Friant-Kern Canal on Dec. 24, three different civilians called Sheriff's Department 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 Meyst who


It's been a sad holiday season for the Tulare County Sheriff's Department as the department spent the passing of Christmas and the New Year mourning the passing of one of their own.

Deputy Jeremy Meyst was killed in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve when the van he was driving crashed near Exeter At about 2:39 a.m had been ejected from the vehicle. A Sheriff's Sergeant also arrived on scene. Meyst received extensive trauma during the vehicle accident and succumbed to his injuries after being transported to the hospital.

Two inmates were still in the vehicle and received minor injuries and were transported to a local area hospital for treatment.

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."

Meyst was transporting two individuals who had been arrested and booked from the Porterville Substation to the Main Jail in Visalia. One inmate was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and the other was arrested on a DUI warrant.

California Highway Patrol officers arrived on scene and took charge of the investigation of the accident. According to the CHP, it appears the vehicle collided with the cement guard rail for the bridge. The investigation on the traffic accident is being conducted by CHP Meyst was raised in the Visa-lia area. He was a 2001 graduate from Mt. Whitney High School and was hired by the Sheriffs 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 Sheriffs Main Jail Facility.

On Dec. 26, Tulare County Board of Supervisors Chairman Pete Vander Poel requested all of United States flags to be flown at half-staff at all County buildings in remembrance of Tulare County Sheriffs Deputy Jeremy Meyst.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Jeremy Meyst and all the families who have lost young men who died serving our County," Chairman Vander Poel said. "Tulare County will fly our flags at half-staff and encourage individuals, businesses, and other organizations to join us in remembrance of Jeremy Meyst for his sacrifice."

Chairman Vander Poel said flags will be flown at half-staff to the date of Meyst's services. Services for Deputy Meyst will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 6 at the Visalia First Assembly of God, 3737 S. Akers St. in Visalia

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Original Publication Date: January 1, 2014

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