Wagswoofs – A police officer from Washington, DC, was suspended after he led Virginia police on a high-speed chase. The chase came to a crashing halt when his Tesla collided with another car, resulting in injuries to both his own passenger and the driver of the other vehicle, according to officials.
Last Wednesday night, Peter McCauley, a 25-year-old, was arrested by Virginia State Police for driving at a speed of 95 mph in a 55 mph zone on I-395 in northern Virginia.
According to court documents, McCauley allegedly tried to evade a state trooper who had signaled him to pull over. He reportedly accelerated and reached speeds of over 119 mph while maneuvering onto Seminary Road.
McCauley ran a red light, causing a passing Honda to collide with his Tesla.
The force of the impact caused McCauley’s car to spin out of control, ultimately coming to a halt, and leaving his female passenger injured.
According to the police, the female driver was also injured when the Honda collided with a nearby concrete barrier during the crash.
Both women sustained minor injuries and were promptly taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. McCauley, on the other hand, was apprehended and faced charges of eluding the police, a felony offense.
The Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department was informed of McCauley’s arrest on Thanksgiving Day.
The officer’s police powers were immediately revoked and he was placed on non-contact status by MPD’s Internal Affairs Division, according to a statement by the department. The incident is currently under investigation by MPD’s Internal Affairs Division.
In June 2020, McCauley became a member of the force. However, this month, he became the second off-duty MPD officer to be arrested for careless driving.
According to court documents, Officer John Bewley was arrested on November 11 for DUI, resisting arrest, and obstructing justice. He allegedly arrived at the scene in his police cruiser to interfere with another DUI investigation involving his girlfriend.
The MPD stated that Bewley was placed on “non-contact status” while they continue to investigate the case.
We were unable to reach representatives for McCauley and Bewley for comment at this time.