A man’s beach joyride in New Smyrna Beach, Florida came to an abrupt end when police caught him driving his Dodge Ram Pickup truck on the shore.
According to a press release from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, 49-year-old Jason Brzuszkiewicz deliberately bypassed a closed beach access gate in order to enter the beach. The gate had been closed due to high tide and severe winds, making it unsafe for vehicles to be on the beach at that time. On top of that, Brzuszkiewicz failed to pay the required vehicular access fee.
A video captured by the sheriff’s office showed Brzuszkiewicz driving his white pickup truck onto the shallow waters of the beach just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The footage also showed him attempting a donut in the water. Three lifeguards from New Smyrna Beach responded to the deserted location and observed Brzuszkiewicz backing up further into the ocean. They approached him in case of a medical issue but were soon relieved of their duties when law enforcement arrived on the scene.
When questioned by deputies, Brzuszkiewicz stated that he simply wanted to drive on the beach. However, he was informed that the beach was closed to cars due to the weather conditions. In the video, Brzuszkiewicz can be heard telling deputies, “It’s not my fault the truck don’t surf”.
To which the deputy replied, “Yeah, but you shouldn’t be driving on the beach when the gates are all closed”. Brzuszkiewicz then asked if he could get in trouble for his actions, to which the deputy responded with a resounding “yes”.
Following the interaction with law enforcement, Brzuszkiewicz was arrested and taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail. He was charged with a violation of Volusia County Ordinance 20-174 , which pertains to failure to pay the vehicular access fee. He was also held on a $200 bond. The truck was towed by law enforcement.
This incident raised concerns among local authorities and beach officials who stressed the importance of adhering to safety regulations and following instructions from lifeguards and law enforcement.
Volusia County Ordinance 20-174  was put in place to protect the public and ensure that access to the beach remains safe for everyone. Additionally, driving on the beach can have severe environmental impacts on the delicate ecosystem, making it crucial for visitors to respect closures and regulations.
This incident serves as a reminder that reckless behavior and disregard for rules and regulations can have serious consequences. It not only puts the driver at risk but also endangers the lives of others, including beachgoers and emergency responders. It is important for individuals to think before they act and consider the potential consequences of their actions.
By doing so, they can help keep themselves and others safe while enjoying the beautiful beaches of Florida. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has urged the public to respect the rules and regulations in place and to practice responsible behavior when visiting the beach.