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Caller Reports 'Nitwit' Off-Duty Cop Driving in Wrong Direction

Atlanta area 911 dispatchers received a call on Thursday morning, reporting a "nitwit driving up the HOV lane in the wrong direction," according to Channel 2 News.

The reported nitwit turned out to be a local cop. Atlanta Police Officer Christopher Niezurawski was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving and driving on the wrong side of the road. Dispatchers received numerous calls about Niezurawski's driving but emergency crews were unable to make it to the scene before the crash.

Reports allege that the Officer drove nearly seven miles in the wrong direction, before crashing into a Greyhound bus carrying 29 passengers.

The crash occurred around 5 a.m. on Thursday, in the southbound lane of Interstate 85, right before the 285 exit. Several lanes were blocked for an hour, following the crash.

Officer Christopher Niezurawski is a motorcycle officer with the Atlanta Police Department and has been with the department since 2004. He was off duty at the time of the crash.

The Atlanta Police Department has issued a statement saying, "Officer Niezurawski has been relieved from duty with pay, pending the outcome of an investigation by the department's Office of Professional Standards. Any separate charges related to the incident are being investigated separately by the arresting agency."

A DUI charge could have serious implications for someone in law enforcement. It's hard to say what the outcome will be, but if he is found guilty of DUI, he may be relieved from his duties. There has been no indication yet as to whether the Police Department plans to relieve Niezurawski from his duties.

Nobody was seriously injured, although Officer Niezurawski was taken to Grady Hospital with visible head injuries. He was released shortly after.

He currently remains on paid administrative leave from the Atlanta Police Department, with a possible court appearance in July.

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