Charlie Sheen Police Escort Under Investigation
Officials in the Nation’s Capital want to know why cracked-out star Charlie Sheen and the two cars carrying his small entourage were given a police escort from Northern Virginia’s Dulles Airport to Washington’s DAR Constitution Hall, a short distance away, when the ex-Two and a Half Men star brought his Torpedo of Truth Tour to DC on Tuesday night.
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Two sport-utility vehicles carrying the late-arriving Sheen and his entourage to the city’s DAR Constitution Hall were escorted by two marked police cars, complete with emergency lights flashing and wailing sirens.
Im in car with police escort. Driving like someones about to deliver a baby. Cops light spinning, which is a play on his #winning,” read a Tweet from the self-professed warlock’s Twitter account. Sheen included a picture of a speedometer inside an SUV that appears to be traveling at 80 mph behind a police crusier with flashing lights. The statement has prompted Washington’s Metropolitan Police Dept. and the DC City Council to launch an investigaion into why Sheen, not a dignitary, was given a police escort. The investigation also is focusing on whether the police escort was speeding, also a violation of department policy.
Sheen arrived at Constitution Hall — which was approximately 50% to 60% empty, we hear — about an hour late for his show, but cracked jokes about his high-speed journey.
He entered the stage and he said something like, Oh my gosh, we just got here going a hundred-miles-an-hour with a police escort, said Samy K, of Hot 99.5 FM’s The Kane Show. And everyone started cheering and going crazy for him like you would at a Charlie Sheen show.
The department defended itself in a statement issued to the press this afternoon.
This escort was handled as a reimbursable detail. This means that the government was reimbursed for the services provided. This entire matter is under investigation.”
But another police spokeswoman, Gwendolyn Crump, tells The Washington Post that the matter is still “under investigation.” DC Councilman Phil Mendelson — chairman of the judiciary committee, which oversees public safety – met with Police Chief Cathy Lanier Thursday to discuss the incident.
The chief was very concerned about this, Mendelson said. She did not seem to be welcoming of the attention brought by what appears to have been unauthorized activity.