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D.C. Police Officer Taken Off Harbor Duty After Boating Accident

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Screen grab of a video showing a D.C. police boat apparently crashing into two docked boats in the Potomac River. (Credit: YouTube video)

Screen grab of a video showing a D.C. police boat apparently crashing into two docked boats in the Potomac River. (Credit: YouTube video)

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WASHINGTON (WNEW) — The D.C. Police officer who was caught on video driving a boat recklessly in the Georgetown waterfront last summer has been disciplined.

The viral video last September showed a D.C. police boat making an abrupt turn at a high rate of speed in the Georgetown waterfront, hitting a parked passenger boat in the process. The passenger boat later sank.

The officer at the helm of the police boat has been taken off the department’s harbor patrol, WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves has learned.

A D.C. Police spokesperson tells Segraves that the officer is still with the department but has been detailed to another assignment.

Sources familiar with the internal investigation say the department found the accident was preventable and the officer has been disciplined.

No one was hurt in the incident but the passenger boat was a total lost. The video of the incident went viral on YouTube within hours.

WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves contributed to this report. Follow Mark on Twitter.

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