A Fairfax County police officer has been put on paid administrative leave and charged with reckless driving after a crash in Falls Church February 18th.
The crash happened at Leesburg Pike and Patrick Henry Drive while officer Pshko Siteki was heading to a disorderly conduct call. Police say he was traveling 68 MPH without using his siren or emergency lights when he collided with a minivan that turned in front of him. The speed limit on that stretch of highway is 40 MPH.
Both the driver of the minivan and the officer were taken to the hospital. Police report the 53-year-old man who was driving the minivan is still recovering from extensive injuries.
A police internal affairs investigation determined that Officer Siteki should be charged with reckless driving, which is a misdemeanor. The Fairfax County police cruiser was equipped with an in-car video system but its video cannot be retrieved due to damage from the crash.
“We take the safety of our officers and members of this community very seriously,” says Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. “That is why an Internal Affairs investigation was quickly launched to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident.”
Officer Siteki is to appear in court September 13th.