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Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Charlie Sheen’s high-speed escort

Charlie Sheen with the MPD officer that gave him a police escort to DAR Constitution Hall last night. (Mark Gail - WASHINGTON POST)
Charlie Sheen, the ex-sitcom star turned serial ranter, got an unusual assist from D.C. police Tuesday night as he hurried to DAR Constitution Hall for his nearly sold-out “Violent Torpedo of Truth: Defeat is Not an Option” stage performance.

The two sport-utility vehicles carrying the late-arriving Sheen and his entourage to the hall, at 1776 D Street NW, were escorted by two marked D.C. police cars with emergency lights flashing and sirens wailing. And a photo posted on the actor’s Twitter account (@charliesheen) shows they were traveling well above the speed limit.

“[In] car with Police escort in front and rear!” Sheen said in a tweet with the photo attached. “[D]riving like someone's about to deliver a baby! Cop car lights #Spinning!”

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The photo, taken inside the SUV in which Sheen was riding, shows the vehicle’s speedometer needle at 80 mph. Through the windshield, the blazing strobe lights of the lead police car can be seen.

“This entire matter is under investigation,” police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said Wednesday.

It wasn’t immediately clear where the escort began. But the private jet carrying Sheen to the Washington area did not arrive until late in the day. Earlier Tuesday, in Los Angeles, he was busy with two court hearings, including a child-custody dispute with ex-wife Brooke Mueller.

News reporters and photographers awaiting Sheen’s arrival outside Constitution Hall also saw the escort. The show began 57 minutes late.

“I just landed,” the Daily Caller, a political news Web site, quoted Sheen as saying. “We had a police escort and we ran more red lights than Brooke Mueller heading to a pawn shop.”

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