WASHINGTON — A Fairfax County police officer was placed on administrative leave Tuesday after an investigation found he was speeding and drove without lights and sirens when he crashed into a van in Falls Church, Virginia, five months ago.
Fairfax County police Chief Ed Roessler put Officer Pshko Siteki on administrative leave Tuesday following the crash on the morning on Feb. 18.
Siteki was responding to a disorderly conduct call around 10:30 a.m. when he crashed into a minivan near the intersection of Leesburg Pike and Patrick Henry Drive. At the time of the crash, Siteki was going 68 mph in a 40 mph zone, police said.
The crash sent both the minivan’s driver and Siteki to the hospital. The driver of the minivan had extensive injuries, and is still recovering, Roessler said in a news release.
Siteki, who has been a Fairfax County police officer for two years, was served a summons for misdemeanor reckless driving on Tuesday. Following the crash, Siteki was placed on placed on restricted, administrative duty.
An Internal Affairs investigation was launched shortly after the crash to determine the circumstances of the crash. The investigation is still active, said Fairfax County police spokesman Don Gotthardt.
“We take the safety of our officers and members of this community very seriously,” Roessler said in the release.
Siteki is on paid administrative leave until his next court date on Sept. 13.