An Alabama police officer turned in his badge after being caught on tape drag racing with his motorcycle while on duty.
The five-minute video clip shows the unidentified Montgomery cop pulling up to another biker, Lawrence Lee Spillers, at a red light. Spillers starts a conversation with the officer and then asks the cop to race.
“I got turbo,” the cop tells Spillers as he points at the motor of his motorcycle.
The light then turns green and the cop speeds away from the intersection. The cop and Spillers race through traffic before stopping at another light, where they race again.
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Unfortunately for the police officer, Spillers decided to upload the video clip of their race on YouTube Sunday.
“There may be a traffic violation charge brought against this former officer for drag racing. The elements are there – one just has to look at the video and see for themselves,” Police Chief Kevin Murphy told WFSA 12 News.
The former officer released a statement to the station, stating that he holds no hard feelings towards 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.”
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Meanwhile Spillers is starting a petition to get the officer his job back.
“We posted [the video] thinking, you know, it was something fun, something you 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 lose his job,” Spillers told WSFA 12.
But Murphy doesn’t see it that way.
“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,” Murphy said.
Sources: WSFA 12 News, New York Daily News