A Fairfax County police officer, charged with reckless driving after a crash in February, has pleaded “no contest” to that charge. Officr Pshko Siteki has been handed a $250 fine by a Fairfax County District Court judge. Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. has taken the officer off the street and removed his police powers while the police department continues its investigation of the incident.
The crash happened February 18th in Falls Church at Leesburg Pike and Patrick Henry Drive. Investigators say officer Siteki was heading to a disorderly conduct call and was traveling 68 miles per hour, without using his siren or emergency lights, when he collided with a minivan. The speed limit on that stretch of highway is 40.
Both the driver of the minivan and the officer were taken to the hospital.
The Fairfax County police cruiser was equipped with an in-car video system but its video could not be retrieved due to damage from the crash.
“We take the safety of our officers and members of this community very seriously,” Chief Roessler said at the time. “That is why an Internal Affairs investigation was quickly launched to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident.”