The Tulis family in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., has received an April 21 letter from the Virginia department of state police indicating that two complaints against trooper Brandon Frye were reviewed — with the case closed and kept secret.
When Trooper Frye arrested Abigail Tulis, my daughter, in December 2019, he made no mention of her speed as to why he had pulled her over in Smyth County. But on the stand he testified that she had been traveling 50 mph. We allege this testimony is perjured.
Two questions for Capt. Robert P. Chappell Jr., director of the office of internal affairs, in light of his missive:
— Did Officer Frye’s car have a speed recording device operating on the night of Abigail Tulis’ arrest? If so, was it checked? And, if so, what did it show?
— What is the range of legal speeds on Interstate 81?
In convicting Abigail on the “lesser charge” of improper driving, Judge Travis Lee made much of the fact that he believed the testimony of 50 mph that he said was extraordinarily dangerous.