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Monday, May 24, 2010

Atlanta cop investigated for EAV road rage

click to enlarge I WALK THE LINE: Off-duty cop Justin Christensen takes a field sobriety test after a near-disastrous confrontation with pedestrians.
  • I WALK THE LINE: Off-duty cop Justin Christensen takes a field sobriety test after a near-disastrous confrontation with pedestrians.

By all accounts, things got weird on the streets of East Atlanta Village in the early-morning hours of April 30. A confrontation between a group of jaywalking revelers and a pissed-off motorist culminated in a 22-year-old woman being carted off in an ambulance after coming precariously close to being crushed beneath the rear tires of a full-size GMC Sierra pickup truck. The agent provocateur that set into motion the bizarre series of events? A bottle of Sriracha hot sauce. And, ironically enough, the individual provoked – the driver of the pickup – was an off-duty Atlanta Police Department officer.

The cop was given both Breathalyzer and field sobriety tests, placed in the back of a police cruiser, and had his truck towed – giving witnesses the reasonable impression that he'd be spending the next few hours being booked into jail. But Officer Justin Christensen wasn't arrested, and still hasn't been charged with any crime in the matter, although he's been suspended from active duty.

"It's like they mock-arrested him," says one eyewitness to the evening's events. If there was any question as to the way things went down, several resourceful witnesses broke out their camera phones to ensure there would be a visual record of the incident – or at least to post a cool fight on YouTube.

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