MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A Montgomery police officer was caught on camera drag racing and it has cost him his job.
Montgomery resident Lawrence Lee Spillers recorded the video with a camera attached to his motorcycle helmet Sunday afternoon and posted it on YouTube. The video quickly reached Montgomery Police Department officials.
The five-minute video starts out with Spillers and the uniformed officer stopped at a red light on Eastern Boulevard in Montgomery. Spillers asks the officer if he wants to race.
"I got turbo," the unidentified officer responds.
That's when the light turns green and the two take off.
Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy says the video is upsetting.
"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.
Murphy confirms the officer resigned and could face charges.
"There may be a traffic violation charge brought against this former officer for drag racing and the elements are there, one just has to look at the video and see for themselves," Murphy said.
The man who challenged the officer and recorded the video disagrees.
"I think the officer was just trying to have fun," Spillers said. "I don't think he should be charged with anything and I don't think he should have lost his job."
Murphy says this one former officer's actions don't reflect the entire organization.
You can watch the YouTube video here. http://youtu.be/o6f9ObCTeIA