A Fairfax County police officer who initially asked for the public’s assistance in locating a car that he said hit him, causing him to crash into a utility pole before leaving the scene of the accident, has now been accused of fabricating the incident.
Carl Joseph Biggs, a two-year veteran of the department, initially said that on May 12, around 12:30 a.m., he was traveling south on Gallows Road in his Fairfax County police cruiser when an unknown vehicle traveling west on Masonville Drive allegedly disregarded a stop sign and entered Gallows Road. Biggs said the vehicle, which he described as a “dark four-door sedan with right front passenger side damage” struck his cruiser in the rear quarter panel, causing him to “spin and strike a utility pole.” Biggs said the alleged four-door sedan did not stop and continued in the direction of Little River Turnpike. Immediately following the alleged incident,the Fairfax County Police public information office issued a release asking for the public’s help in locating the sedan.
But Fairfax County Police now say that further investigation into Biggs’ claims by the department’s Crash Reconstruction Unit has determined that no other vehicle was ever involved in the accident.
“The crash investigation revealed this was a single vehicle incident involving only the one officer, Carl Joseph Biggs,” said Richard Perez, public information officer with the Fairfax County Police Department.
Biggs, who has been employed by the Fairfax County Police Department for two years, has been charged with hit-and-run and filing a false police report, has been placed on administrative leave.
“Even though it was determined to be only a one-vehicle accident, you can be charged with hit-and-run for hitting a fixed object in Virginia,” said police spokesman Eddy Ezcarate on Friday.
Police said that once the criminal case against Biggs has been concluded, the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau will continue its investigation for the purpose of addressing alleged violations of departmental regulations and directives.
Biggs is currently scheduled for an adjudicatory hearing at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 14 in Fairfax Counbty District Court. No attorney information is listed for him in court records.