Police Officer Recounts Dramatic Rescue at Sunset Cliffs

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By David Hernandez / SDU-T / June 14, 2020

San Diego police Officer Jonathan Wiese was almost at Sunset Cliffs early Saturday when a lieutenant radioed that the suicidal driver police had been looking for had just driven off the cliffs.

The man’s wife had called the Sheriff’s Department around 4:30 a.m. reporting that her husband had taken off with their 2-year-old girls, with plans to drive off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. A sheriff’s dispatcher notified San Diego police and put out a description of the family and their tan pickup. After police traced the man’s cellphone to Sunset Cliffs, police Lt. Dave Bautista located the truck on Hill Street near Cornish Drive.

As soon as Bautista got close, the driver sped off and careened off the edge, plunging into the ocean below.

Wiese was on his way from the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, where he had been keeping an eye out for the truck, when he heard the radio call.

San Diego police Officer Jonathan Wiese with his two children.

“Literally, my heart sank,” Wiese said Sunday. He thought to himself, “Please tell me the girls were not in the car.”

When he got to the scene moments later, he ran behind Bautista to the edge of the cliffs. They saw the truck upside down, smashed on a rock, with the cab underwater. Wiese said his first thought was that no one survived. Then he saw the motions of the man, holding onto the two girls.

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie June 16, 2020 at 10:43 am

Update: A man who authorities said drove a truck carrying his twin toddler daughters off Sunset Cliffs, plunging all three of them into the ocean, remained jailed without bail Monday on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder.

Robert Brians, 47, was also booked on suspicion of two counts each of kidnapping and child cruelty, as well as one count of burglary. https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/story/2020-06-15/father-of-twin-toddlers-who-drove-off-sunset-cliffs-remains-jailed

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