Police Department investigates two early morning accidents - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police Department investigates two early morning accidents

Memphis Police Officers were involved in two separate auto accidents Friday morning.

The first cruiser crash happened at 3:15am. Two officers from the West Precinct, on their way to a disturbance call, ran into each other at the intersection of Cleveland and Madison. Both officers were taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.

A couple of hours later, Central Precinct officer Andrew Rouse and a civilian car crashed at Poplar and Claybrook. Investigators say the officer was on routine patrol when he collided with an SUV. The driver of the SUV was ticketed.

The earlier accident is still under investigation.

Inspector Mark Collins, head of the West Precinct, says on average police officers are responsible for about 35% of the crashes they are involved in. He says having cars involved in accidents always puts a strain on already tight budgets.

"Yes, it will diminish our fleet," Collins said. "One of our vehicles was a virtually brand new 2005 Impala. That's problematic to me as a precinct commander, because one of my new cars is now out of the fleet."

Collins said it might hurt, but it won't stop officers from doing their job.

The two crashed will be investigated further. Then a review board at the West Precinct will decide what, if any, disciplinary action the officers involved will face.

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