CHARLOTTE (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – A Charlotte police officer who was off-duty has been arrested on a DWI charge after allegedly crashing into a sign in east Charlotte, the department announced Friday.
CMPD officers responded to calls Friday morning near 7100 Robinson Church Road and found a vehicle that had collided with a sign, according to the police report.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Crystal Washington, who is a CMPD officer who was off-duty at the time. It was her personal vehicle and not a department vehicle, authorities said.
Impairment was suspected, a DWI Task Force arrived at the scene after a supervisor was notified, and Washington was arrested for DWI.
A separate investigation is being conducted by internal affairs due to the nature of this case.
No injuries were reported in the crash.
CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings released a statement to Queen City News:
“It is always disheartening when I learn that one of our officers has violated the very laws that we are sworn to uphold. However, professional accountability is a priority for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and our officers are expected to maintain this standard at all times.”