BAKERSFIELD, CA - After nearly a month, Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Williamson is talking about a veteran officer who crashed his new patrol car on the unfinished Westside Parkway.
At a news conference Friday afternoon, Williamson talked about the crash. "On March 16th, Officer Richard Davis, a senior officer with the police department, he has 15 years on, responded to the Westside Parkway to a report that he had a day earlier of motorcycle riders being on the parkway and causing disruption," said Williamson.
Williamson said Davis wasn't dispatched to the area, but was asked to check it out by a concerned citizen. Davis crashed the car while driving on the unfinished roadway near Brimhall Road and Calloway Drive, according to Williamson.
"It was estimated that his speed was at approximately 60 miles an hour when he came across a gap in the roadway. He was unable to stop in time. He went over the gap, a 14-foot gap in the road," he explained.
Davis crashed the vehicle and the airbags deployed. The car is now mangled with a missing bumper. "He was driving at an unsafe speed for the conditions that he was in at that point," noted Williamson.
Williamson said there's no evidence of officers intimidating witnesses at the scene. "We did have a tow truck driver who came to the scene of the incident. He wanted to take pictures. He was told that was not his job," explained Williamson.
The banged up car is in the department's back lot off Truxtun Avenue. It is one of the BPD's new $23,000 Ford Interceptors. Williamson believes the wrecked car is a total loss.
Davis' supervisor will recommend what, if any, disciplinary action should be taken. Williamson said he will make the final decision.