DETROIT — An officer with the Detroit Police Division was suspended this week after he was arrested early Sunday morning by members of the identical division. The identify of the officer was not launched as expenses are nonetheless pending, however particulars in regards to the occasions main as much as his arrest have been shared throughout a press convention Thursday.
The officer was using because the passenger in a Dodge Charger early Sunday morning that was seen dashing by police. Officers tried to cease the automotive, however the driver sped away at a excessive fee of pace earlier than crashing, in response to Assistant Police Chief David LeValley.
Police noticed two males exit the automobile and run away from the scene, however the officers have been in a position to monitor one of many males to a close-by yard the place he was arrested. After arresting the person, police realized he was a fellow officer and that the automotive he was using in was stolen out of Ohio. The automotive was reported stolen “a number of months prior,” however had been retagged utilizing a unique automobile identification quantity.
“(If the allegations are true) It’s actually a slap within the face to the roughly 2,500 folks that put on the badge at present and do it with honor and respect,” LeValley stated. “There’s no room on the division for conduct like this or for officers like this.”
It’s unclear if the officer that was arrested was additionally concerned within the theft of the automotive. He was charged with resisting and obstructing police following the foot chase. Police are nonetheless in search of the opposite man concerned within the crash.
The officer was initially suspended with pay following his arrest, however Chief James White is petitioning the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners to have the suspended officer’s wages withheld.
LeValley stated the officer in query has been with the division for roughly two years and works as a patrol officer within the metropolis’s east facet.
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