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DC Police cruiser stolen, crashed after left unattended by officer

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A D.C. Police cruiser was stolen and then crashed after an officer left it unattended Monday.

The cruiser was taken in the 1600 block of Fort Davis Drive in Southeast D.C. just after noon.

The thief got about halfway down the block and then crashed into a small retaining wall in front of a home on R Street.

Several witnesses, including the D.C. Police supervisor whose cruiser was stolen, heard the crash. The thief got out and ran away.

“The individual who was occupying the vehicle at the time, it’s unknown right now if he was injured when the vehicle crashed,” said Commander Robert Contee of D.C. Police. “The vehicle should have been secured, but it was not, and the keys should not have been inside the vehicle, and they were.”

Officials say the police supervisor was responding to a 911 hang up call.

The supervisor is a 10-year veteran who used to work in the Metropolitan Police Department’s auto theft unit.

He could now face disciplinary action.

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