D.C. Cop Crashes Into Bumblebee

January 15, 2012 by staff 

D.C. Cop Crashes Into BumblebeeD.C. Cop Crashes Into Bumblebee, Michael Bay got an extra explosion yesterday on the set of Transformers: The Dark of the Moon. Actually, “explosion” is an exaggeration, but Michael Bay loves a good explosion, and I’d lose nerd points if I didn’t lead in with that. But a real Washington, DC cop totally came charging through the blocked off area in his SUV and plowed right into Bumblebee. A FOX news crew just happened to have been shooting and recorded the crash.

Here’s MyFOXDC’s account of the incident:

“While the movie was filming a car chase scene on 3rd Street and Maryland Ave in southwest D.C., the police SUV collides with a yellow Chevy Camaro, which in the movie series is known as the character Bumblebee.

The police SUV was not supposed to be there and the wreck itself was not scripted.

The police officer driving the SUV is a 25-year veteran senior explosive ordnance technician. He was taken to a local hospital and sustained minor injuries.

Law enforcement sources tell FOX 5 that he was driving to a call for a suspicious package incident nearby and was using a different radio channel than the police officers who were securing the perimeter for the movie.”

The Metropolitan Police Department issued a statement basically acknowledging the crash and the fact that the officer involved received minor injuries. They’re investigating the whole thing and shutting down further shooting on closed streets for the film until they can figure out how to prevent this sort of thing from happening again. I understand the concern, but as a DC resident whose day off work is tomorrow, I was hoping to check out whatever location they had lined up for shooting. A friend spotted Optimus Prime in the street today, so maybe I’ll get a chance yet.

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