Police in Washington DC have released footage of the moment two police cars drag racing crashed.
Four officers were taken to the hospital after the crash, while both cars involved were totalled.
One of the officers involved has been fired, while the others remain under investigation.
Authorities in Washington DC have released footage of the moment that police officers drag racing each other crashed their cars, totalling them.
The incident happened in late April, but video from inside the cars was only released this week as senior officers in the Metropolitan Police Department announced that one of the officers believed to be involved in the crash had been fired.
Footage from the crash, filmed from the bodycam of an officer sat in the passenger seat of a police cruiser, shows two officers sitting in the stationary car, with the driver of the car showing his cellphone to the passenger several times.
After around a minute and a half, the car's driver moves off and begins to accelerate rapidly. The drag race lasts around 30 seconds, at which point the car hits the rear left side of another vehicle before coming to an abrupt halt. Airbags deploy on both sides of the car.
At this point, audio can be heard on the video for the first time. The officer in the passenger seat can be heard grunting before getting out of the car and walking into the street.
"S---," he can be heard saying. "I'm good."
After a few seconds, a voice enquires about the officer's wellbeing, to which he replies: "Yeah, yeah, I'm good bro, I'm good. Check up bro, check up. Ohhhhhh."
The video then ends abruptly. You can see it below:
According to earlier reports, both cars involved in the drag race were totaled, while all four officers involved were taken to the hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown.
"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," Durriyyah Habeebullah, 6th district commander of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, wrote in an email to staff after the incident, Insider previously reported.
Speaking to the press earlier this week, acting Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said that the officer who was terminated after the crash was a probationary officer.
"Obviously, those types of things are unacceptable. They're embarrassing," Contee said. "It's not something that we tolerate
He went on to say that the other three officers involved remain under investigation. The investigation, he said, is being passed from internal affairs to the office of the Attorney General.
The Attorney General will determine if "there will be any charges that come out of this investigation," Contee added.
According to reports from Fox News 5, the cruisers were traveling at least 60 miles per hour. The speed limit on the road where the incident happened is 25 miles per hour.
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