Vehicle crash involving OVPD officer looked at by DSP

The Delaware State Police are investigating a vehicle crash involving an unnamed Ocean View police officer that took place on July 21.

According to the DSP, the incident took place just before 8:30 a.m. last Saturday, involving a civilian-occupied vehicle on Central Avenue north of Atlantic Avenue (Route 26).

Both the officer and civilian were transported to Beebe Healthcare, treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released, police said.

OVPD PIO Sgt. Rhys Bradshaw said that, while the accident did take place within the department’s jurisdiction, they chose to turn the investigation over to the state police.

“We do like to have other agencies investigate, to show we weren’t biased in the investigation,” he explained.

Bradshaw said any police body-camera and in-car camera footage available was turned over to the DSP.

“It shouldn’t be too long,” he said of the length of the investigation.

Bradshaw added that the department does not have a policy that would keep the officer involved on desk duty until the investigation is completed.

“It’s not like a serious use-of-force incident. If there’s any violation of policies that did occur, the proper steps will be taken on our end if we find any issues.”

By Maria Counts
Staff Reporter