Hopefully their dashcams were working so we'd know who won.
Police departments have been clamping down on the uptick of illegal street races in cities like Atlanta and Detroit over the past several months with the backing of state and city officials. Preventing these extremely dangerous and life-threatening activities before they take place is the key goal and the cops have logged a number of successful busts lately. But now it's the cops themselves who've been busted.
According to Fox 5 news affiliate out of Washington, DC, two police cars have been totaled after the officers decided to drag race each other in a residential zone. No serious injuries were reported but all four officers involved were taken to the hospital with minor bumps and bruises. Doctors were unable to fix their broken egos and potentially, their law enforcement careers.
The officers involved were actually recent hires and were reportedly racing at no more than 60 mph. At least one of the Ford Taurus-based Interceptors lost control and smashed into a fence. The second patrol car then slammed into its driver-side door. Needless to say, the officers' commander was not pleased.
An internal email from Commander Durriyyah Habeebullah states the following: "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."
"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 Chief of Police and Mayor have not commented on the crash nor the employment status of the officers, who've since been taken off patrol duty. They may also be cited for their illegal activity. Unfortunately, taxpayers are probably the ones who'll be funding replacement patrol cars.
What we'd really like to be released is the dashcam footage. At least we'd be able to see who won.