Chief Roessler Places Officer on Administrative Leave After Cruiser Crash

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Today, Chief Roessler placed Officer Pshko Siteki on administrative leave after a crash involving another driver on Leesburg Pike and Patrick Henry Drive in Falls Church. Officer Siteki has been a Fairfax County police officer for two years. Today he was served a summons for misdemeanor reckless driving.

Officer Siteki was responding to a disorderly conduct call around 10:30 on the morning of February 18th, when he collided with a minivan turning left from Leesburg Pike onto Patrick Henry Drive. The officer did not have his emergency equipment on, and was going 68 MPH prior to the crash. The posted speed limit for that section of roadway is 40 MPH. Both Officer Siteki and the 53-year-old man driving the minivan were taken to the hospital. The driver of the minivan had extensive injuries, and is still recovering. The cruiser was equipped with an in-car video system, however that video cannot be retrieved due to damage from the crash.

“We take the safety of our officers and members of this community very seriously,” Chief Roessler said. “That is why an Internal Affairs investigation was quickly launched to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident.”

Officer Siteki is now on paid administrative leave until his court date, September 13th.

 Fairfax County Police Department General Order 501.1 which governs the operation of police vehicles.