Officer Resigns After Drag Racing With Other Motorcyclist (UPDATE)

UPDATE The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the officer who resigned after video surfaced of him allegedly drag racing has been reinstated. Martha Earnhardt, a spokeswoman with the Montgomery Department of Public Safety, confirmed the news Thursday.

An Alabama officer turned in his resignation after video surfaced Sunday of him drag racing on a police motorcycle with another motorcyclist.

OKC Fox 25 reported that the officer, who was not named, turned in his resignation before he was fired. In video taken by Lawrence Spillers, the officer and Spillers pull up to a red light and discuss their vehicles.

After briefly chatting about the weather, Spillers asks the officer if he would like to race, to which the officer responds: "I got turbo."

"Let's see," Spillers says before the two take off down a stretch of highway.

The two slow down and stop at a red light, joking about the race before the officer asks if Spillers would like to try again. When the light turns green, the two men take off.

The pair were going no faster than 60 mph, according to Spillers.

Montgomery Chief Kevin Murphy said he's embarrassed by the unnamed officer's actions, and that charges may follow his resignation. It is not clear if the officer was on duty when the racing occurred, but he appears in uniform in the video.

"There may be a traffic violation charge against this former officer for drag racing and the elements are there, one just has to look at the video and see for themselves," Murphy said.

Spillers disagrees with the officer's termination.

"I think the officer was just trying to have fun," Spillers said. "I don't think he should be charged with anything and I don't think he should have lost his job."

Chief Murphy disagreed.

“For the very thing that we are out here enforcing the law, for an officer to cross that line and violate it, there’s no excuse," Murphy told KFOR. "I will not tolerate it and he is no longer wearing the badge."



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