DC officers total patrol cars as they pretend to race dragsters
Two cars from the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department were totaled by officers who allegedly participated in drag races last week.
Police officers were in the Kenilworth neighborhood of Washington on Thursday when they crashed their cars, according to a statement from a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department.
“At first, it seems that the members raced with the vehicles, which caused an accident,” the statement said.
The four officers, along with the Sixth District, were taken to nearby hospitals with non-fatal injuries, police said. They are on “contactless”, which means they have restricted privileges and contact with the public, while the incident is under investigation.
In an email sent to order staff on Friday and shared with WTTG, Sixth District Commander Durriyyah Habeebullah wrote: “Yesterday two 6D scout cars were totaled because the officers decided instead to fight crime, patrol their beats or engage the community – they decided to race on Anacostia Avenue at 5 p.m. “
“What does this say to all of the MPD members who are passionate about their work and working hard every day to make a difference? This is not fair to any of us,” Habeebullah wrote. “What good are officers for their fellow officers if they don’t arrive unharmed or if they represent the total vehicles we need to do our job.”
The Metropolitan Police Department declined to share the email with NBC News, but confirmed that WTTG obtained it through a source in the department.