A NYPD officer was hospitalized last week after flying from the hood of a moving police cruiser. The incident occurred in Brooklyn, and the officer suffered a severe head injury after falling to the pavement.
Though the officers first claimed that the injured officer had fallen out of a non-moving vehicle, according to the New York Daily News, surveillance video footage revealed that the officer was sprawled atop the hood of the police cruiser.
“You’d think police officers would know better than to do that,” one viewer of the video said.
“It’s shocking – I mean, I’ve never seen anything like that before,” added another.
The incident took place near the 70th Precinct stationhouse in Kensington at Parkville Avenue and Seton Place, just before 8:00 a.m.
When the cruiser came to a stop, the officer was thrown from the vehicle, which caused his head to strike the pavement. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there are over three million car accident-related injuries each year.
According to CBS 2, the incident appears to be “horseplay that got out of hand.” The officer was taken to Lutheran Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery. Both the officer behind the wheel and the one riding atop the hood were likely to be written up on departmental charges.