Fairfax officer on restricted duty after crash

FCPD cruiser

How fast was he going?

Fairfax county crash investigators will be checking to see whether speed was a factor when one of their officers collided with a van Saturday morning.  Investigators say the officer was responding to a call for a disorderly man in the 6100 block of Arlington Boulevard and was driving westbound on Leesburg Pike, approaching Patrick Henry Drive. A 2000 Toyota Sienna van, driven by a 53-year-old man, was eastbound on Leesburg Pike and tried to make a left turn onto Patrick Henry Drive, in front of the marked cruiser. The vehicles collided in the intersection.

The preliminary investigation has revealed that the officer involved was traveling above the posted speed limit without his emergency equipment activated, and detectives are working to determine to what extent the officer’s speed may have contributed to this crash.

The driver of the van was hospitalized. The officer is on restricted duty pending the outcome of two parallel investigations; one administrative and one criminal.



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Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.