The Washington Post‘s Paul Duggan blogs that Charlie Sheen arrived late to his Washington DC show after being escorted by local police officers at speeds of at least 80 MPH, an incident the actor documented in the tweet shown above. And lest TTAC be accused of pandering to lowest-common-denominator Charlie Sheen voyeurism, Duggan teases an interesting question out of the situation: can just anyone get a police escort and drive legally at illegal speeds? Hit the jump for your answer…
Duggan asked the DC police what it takes to get a high-speed police escort, and reports:
Responding to an inquiry about the police cars, D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump described what happened as routine. “This escort was handled as a reimbursable detail,” she said in an e-mail Wednesday afternoon. “This means that the government was reimbursed for the services provided.”
But can just anyone hire police officers to provide a lights-and-sirens motor escort? And is it okay to go 80 mph?
How much does it cost?
Crump said Wednesday that she wasn’t sure.
“I’ll check on it.”
Inconclusive, eh? Must be one of those “if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it” situations…