Here's the thing: the facility where Officer 0.19 was taken? Nowhere near the accident scene. But it is very handy to downtown.
It's a first-rate place, too; they can do a bit more than a Doc-in-a-box (it's where my nose got sewn up after my run-in with inadvertently nostril-ripping hardware at work, for instance) and they do a lot of blood and urine tests for alcohol and drugs. It's where my employer sends the lucky winners of the Random Screening Contest, for instance -- and if IMPD does random screening, it's probably where they go, too. And if one of our drivin' folk is involved in a wreck, it's where we send them for dope and booze checking, just in case.
So, you're Capt. or Lt. J. Average Internal Affairs, and a fellow officer is involved in a terrible auto accident. This happens; people sometimes fail at getting out of the way and are struck despite the police, fire or ambulance driver's best efforts to avoid them. If your head is in that line of thought, you take your fellow officer off to the Place Policemen Always Go. Oops.
True or not, it's impossible to disprove. I still have my doubts about the innocence of the choice. But it could happen.
Mr. Prosecutor Brizzi had better wear his very luckiest lawyering shoes when this mess goes to court.
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