DC cops total their cruisers while drag racing, officials say
“What does this say to all the members of MPD who are passionate about their job?” a memo reads. “That is not fair to any of us”
By Suzie Ziegler
WASHINGTON — Four D.C. police officers are under investigation after they totaled two patrol cars while drag racing Thursday, said an internal memo from the Metropolitan Police Department.
“Yesterday two 6D scout cars were totaled because officers decided instead of fighting crime, patrolling their beats, or engaging the community — they decided to drag race each other on Anacostia Avenue at 5 pm in the evening,” read an email Friday written by Cmdr. Durriyyah Habeebullah, obtained by WTTG-TV.
"What does this say to all the members of MPD who are passionate about their job and work hard every day to make a difference. This is not fair to any of us,” the memo continued. “What good are officers to their fellow officers if they don’t arrive safely or they total vehicles that we need to do our job?”
According to WTTG, the cruisers were at times traveling at least 60 mph before the crash. The cars also damaged part of a fence in a residential area, said a WTTG reporter.
The officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries, reported the New York Daily News. They’ve been put on non-contact status during the investigation.