DEKALB COUNTY, Ga April 27 2012 – DeKalb County police say a driver involved in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 85 Thursday morning is an officer with the Atlanta Police Department.
Officials say that around 4:30 a.m., Christopher Niezurawski entered the southbound lanes of Interstate 85 on Cheshire Bridge Road and drove several miles northbound. Another off-duty officer spotted Niezurawski stopped facing the wrong way on I-85 between Northcrest and Pleasantdale Roads.
Police say that before officers could get to the area, a Greyhound bus loaded with 49 people struck the wrong-way vehicle. No one on the bus was hurt.
Mekka Parish, the public information officer for the DeKalb County Police Department, said Niezurawski was not in a uniform.
Niezurawski was treated and released at Grady Memorial Hospital.
Niezurawski faces charges of DUI, reckless driving, and operating a vehicle the wrong way.
The Atlanta Police Department issued a statement saying, “Officer Niezurawski has been relieved from duty with pay, pending the outcome of an investigation by the department’s Office of Professional Standards. Any criminal charges related to the incident are being investigated separately by the arresting agency.”
Niezurawski, a motorcyle officer with the Atlanta Police Department, was reportedly involved in an accident in April 2011 near Centennial Park when a driver pulled into him. The other driver was charged in that incident.