The spokesman for the D.C. Department of Corrections was arrested yesterday and charged with numerous traffic offenses after police pursued his car for six blocks in Northeast Washington, D.C. police said.
Edward D. Sargent, 29, of 2215 Bunker Hill Rd. NE was pursued down 13th Street NE at about 9:45 a.m. after a 5th District police officer saw that Sargent's black Porsche was missing a front license plate, said police spokesman Sgt. J.C. Gentile.
Sargent, whose car was stopped in the 1300 block of Webster Street NE, was charged with reckless driving, driving 30 mph over the speed limit, running two red lights, failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians and failing to display a front license tag, Gentile said.
Sargent also was charged with possession of a radar detection device.
Police said that Sargent could be fined up to $700 if found guilty of all charges
Sargent said last night that he has always obeyed the laws of the District of Columbia and asserted his innocence.
He said he has asked for an investigation of the matter and will talk to a lawyer.
Sargent also disputed the police enumeration of the charges against him.
He said that charges of running red lights, failing to yield and lacking a license plate did not appear on court papers.
He said he was released on personal recognizance pending an appearance in D.C. Superior Court Oct. 5.