Reliable Septic driver arrested after punching man at landfill

A driver for Reliable Septic and Services was arrested in Vero Beach, Florida.
A driver for Reliable Septic and Services was arrested in Vero Beach, Florida.

VERO BEACH – A driver for Reliable Septic and Services in Vero Beach was arrested last Friday after punching another man at the landfill, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Brian Suermondt, 50, was arrested and charged with battery after punching the victim.

The altercation started when the victim was accused of running a stop sign in front of Suermondt, who was driving the Reliable Septic truck, according to the affidavit.

The victim said that Suermondt pulled his truck behind him while he was waiting at the scale house inside the landfill. Suermondt then exited his truck and “began to yell profanities and ‘flipped the finger’ at him,” according to the victim.

Once he exited the scale house, the victim parked his truck next to a co-worker on the shoulder of 74th Avenue in front of the landfill, he then exited his truck and spoke with his co-worker.

A few minutes later, Suermondt parked his truck on the shoulder of 74th Avenue, exited his vehicle, and began to shout profanities again.

“Suermondt punched him on the right side of his face with a closed fist. The punch made him fall to the ground,” according to the deputy.

Suermondt then got into his truck and quickly left the scene.

“The victim’s right cheek was slightly red and swollen. The right side of his upper lip was also red,” the deputy said.

Deputies then made contact with Suermondt and a co-worker of his who was present. They claim the victim ran through a stop sign, nearly hitting their truck. They also told deputies that the victim swung first at Suermondt, the affidavit said.

However, a dash camera (with audio) on one of the trucks and video surveillance from the landfill showed part of the altercation on the roadway between Suermondt and the victim.

The dash camera recorded Suermondt yelling at the victim and stating “you want this side motherf**ker” before hearing what appeared to be a physical altercation. The physical altercation was not captured due to it being out of view of the camera.

The video surveillance from the landfill showed Suermondt exiting the Reliable Septic truck after he parked it on the roadway behind the victim.

“A verbal altercation ensued, and Suermondt was seen pacing back and forth and pointing his finger at [the victim] in an aggressive manner,” the deputy said in the affidavit.

“I observed [the victim] falling to the ground and Suermondt recovering from what appears to be a punch. Suermondt then left the scene in his truck,” the deputy said.

Suermondt was arrested and transported to the Indian River County Jail. He was later released after posting $500 bond.

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About Jennifer Balakrishnan
Jennifer Balakrishnan lives in Vero Beach, Florida. She moved to Indian River County when she was 6-years-old. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree at Florida State University. She writes our crime stories and is one of our food/restaurant critics.