Portsmouth police chief charged for hitting school bus
By JEN MCCAFFERY, The Virginian-Pilot
© December 7, 2006
PORTSMOUTH — Police Chief Edward G. Long has been charged with reckless driving in connection with crashing into a parked school bus Wednesday morning.
Acting Assistant Chief Harry Fremd, at a press conference at police headquarters this afternoon, announced that Long had been charged.
“The chief is very concerned about the way this reflects on the department itself,” Fremd said.
Long did not appear at the press conference but was served with a warrant on the charge this afternoon, Fremd said. The class one misdemeanor carries a potential jail term.
Fremd would not say whether Long was distracted when the accident took place, but he did say that alcohol was not a factor.
“It appears to be an accident,” he said.
Long was driving an unmarked police car when he turned from High Street onto Chestnut Street at about 7:35 Wednesday morning, according to the police report. He saw a school bus parked on the side of the road and tried to brake. Long’s foot slipped from the brake pedal onto the gas pedal, and his car hit the rear of the bus.
The only person on the bus was the driver, Fremd said. Neither the driver nor Long was hurt in the accident. Fremd said an investigator estimated the damage to both vehicles at a little more than $3,000.
Just after the accident, Long contacted police dispatch, then asked officers in his department to investigate whether there were grounds for filing charges in the incident, Fremd said.