YouTube video shows MPD motorcycle officer racing civilian - WNEM TV 5

MPD motorcycle officer caught drag racing releases statement

Posted: Updated:
(Source: YouTube) (Source: YouTube)
(Source: WSFA Facebook) (Source: WSFA Facebook)
(Source: YouTube) (Source: YouTube)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The now-former Montgomery police officer caught on camera drag racing on his police motorcycle has released a statement.

The officer, who doesn't want to be identified by name, released the following statement to WSFA 12 News:

"I don't have any hard feelings against the department. All my life and throughout my career I have tried to be humble and reserved, but I'm not perfect. If I could start over I would have never done what I did. I appreciate everyone's support. I can't believe how everything has turned around for me. I guess it's the will of God."

The officer resigned his position with the force, according to Police Chief Kevin Murphy.

Now the civilian who recorded the drag race says he's starting a petition to get the officer his job back.

"We posted [the video] thinking, you know, it was something fun, something you don't run across every day and that's why we did it. Our intentions were to never get the cop in trouble, and we definitely didn't think he would loose his job," Lawrence Lee Spillers said.

Spillers recorded the video with a camera attached to his motorcycle helmet Sunday afternoon. The video was posted on YouTube and it quickly reached Montgomery Police Department officials.

The five-minute video starts with Spillers and the uniformed officer stopped at a red light on Eastern Boulevard in Montgomery. Spillers asked the officer if he wanted to race.

"I got turbo," the unidentified officer responds.

That's when the light turns green and the two take off. 

Chief Murphy called the video upsetting, and said the officer could face charges.

"Police officers should obey the law, not violate them. You don't have to exceed the posted speed limit in order for the charge of drag racing. It's just the contest of accelerating fast in order to overtake the other motorists," Murphy said.

Murphy says this one former officer's actions don't reflect the entire organization.

"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. I will not tolerate it and he is no longer wearing the badge," the chief said.

Mobile users, watch the YouTube video here: http://youtu.be/o6f9ObCTeIA

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Report: 5 people injured in nightclub shooting

    Report: 5 people injured in nightclub shooting

    Sunday, May 28 2017 4:19 PM EDT2017-05-28 20:19:44 GMT
    WNEMWNEM
     Police are investigating a shooting that took place early Sunday morning at a nightclub in south Mississippi.    Five people sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.    WLOX quoted police as saying the shooting happened at Platinum Sports Bar & Lounge in Moss Point.    According to Moss Point Police Department, a fight started in the club, which spilled outside into the parking lot. Several people began shooting. Five people were ...More >
     Police are investigating a shooting that took place early Sunday morning at a nightclub in south Mississippi.    Five people sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.    WLOX quoted police as saying the shooting happened at Platinum Sports Bar & Lounge in Moss Point.    According to Moss Point Police Department, a fight started in the club, which spilled outside into the parking lot. Several people began shooting. Five people were ...More >
  • Woman charged in husband's hospital death dies

    Woman charged in husband's hospital death dies

    Sunday, May 28 2017 4:12 PM EDT2017-05-28 20:12:22 GMT
    nonenone
    A woman charged with killing her husband as he lay in a Florida hospital bed last year has died.    Jan Sochalski faced a murder charge for allegedly suffocating her husband last May after he suffered life-threatening complications following back surgery. Sixty-four-year-old Henry Sochalski was a retired Trenton, New Jersey, police officer.    The couple lived in Florida.    The Flagler County Sheriff's Office told The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://b...More >
    A woman charged with killing her husband as he lay in a Florida hospital bed last year has died.    Jan Sochalski faced a murder charge for allegedly suffocating her husband last May after he suffered life-threatening complications following back surgery. Sixty-four-year-old Henry Sochalski was a retired Trenton, New Jersey, police officer.    The couple lived in Florida.    The Flagler County Sheriff's Office told The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://b...More >
  • Tiger Woods arrested on suspicion of DUI

    Tiger Woods arrested on suspicion of DUI

    Golf legend Tiger Woods was arrested around 3 a.m. Monday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida.

    More >

    Golf legend Tiger Woods was arrested around 3 a.m. Monday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida.

    More >
Powered by Frankly
WNEM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.