MOSCOW, October 17 (Itar-Tass) — The Interior Ministry will conduct its own investigation into two road accidents in the southeast of Moscow in which policemen were involved. A cyclist and policemen suffered in both accidents. According to a preliminary inquest, the law enforcers were drunk, the press center of the Interior Ministry told Itar-Tass on Monday.
"The Russian Interior Ministry has ordered its own probe into a road accident in which policemen were involved that occurred in the Southeast Administrative District in Moscow on October 16. The probe will be conducted by the Main Commercial Guard Service Department and the Personnel and State Service Department of the Interior Ministry, the press center said.
The incident occurred in Volzhsky Boulevard at around 5.00 pm Sunday. A police patrol car belonging to the commercial guard service of the Southeast administrative district ran over a 17-year-old cyclist who was crossing the street in an authorized place with a permitting traffic light on. The police car driver escaped from the scene. Approximately an hour after the incident the same police car rammed into an Opel Corsa with a woman at the wheel. The woman was not hurt.
Police summoned to the scene where the cyclist was run over gave him first aid. The police sergeants hospitalized after the car collision were drunk, the Interior Ministry stressed.
Upon completion of the investigation the two policemen responsible for the accident will be sacked, it said. The sack will also be given to chiefs of the commercial guard department and respective Interior territorial departments in charge of organization of police patrol service.
Earlier, the Head department of the Interior Ministry told Itar-Tass that several high-ranking police officers as well as the two policemen directly responsible for the incident would be fired. Besides, a reprimand will be given to a deputy chief of the Moscow head Interior department, it said.