Two Baltimore Police officers were charged after hitting a parked car and fleeing the scene in Parkville early Sunday morning, Baltimore County Police said Monday.
County police were called at about 2 a.m. Sunday to the 7500 block of Hillsway Ave. after Officer Akeem Olajuwon Nelson, 33, who was driving with Officer Danielle Renee White, 35, struck a parked vehicle, county police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said.
An off-duty Baltimore County police officer heard the crash, looked out his window, saw the vehicle continuing on Hillsway Avenue and called police, Peach said. The off-duty officer saw the city officers’ car stop after it became disabled, Peach said. Both Nelson and White then started to walk away, but responding officers were able to locate them.
Akeem Olajuwon Nelson, a Baltimore City police officer, was arrested after hitting a parked car and fleeing the scene, Baltimore County police said.
When officers questioned Nelson and White, both claimed White had been the driver, Peach said. However, the off-duty officer who called police had a doorbell camera that showed Nelson exiting the driver’s seat, she said.
During questioning, both Nelson and White attempted to walk away, Peach said. Nelson was arrested, and White was later arrested nearby. Peach said White claimed she had to use the bathroom, and was arguing so loudly it prompted residents to come out of their homes.
Nelson, of the 4600 block of Parkwood Avenue in Baltimore, is charged with three counts related to the hit-and run, and both Nelson and White are charged with charged with making a false statement to an officer. White, of the 1900 block of Waltman Road in Edgewood, is also charged with disorderly conduct.
Danielle Renee White, a Baltimore City police officer, was charged with disorderly conduct and making a false statement to an officer, Baltimore County police said.
Neither officer had an attorney listed in online court records. Both were released on their own recognizance, records show.
Baltimore Police Department spokeswoman Lindsey Eldridge said the department is aware of the incident and the Public Integrity Bureau is investigating. She declined to comment further, citing the pending investigation.
Nelson has worked for the department since 2008 and earns an annual salary $79,000, and White, who was hired in 2006, earns an annual salary of $80,000 a year, according to an online city salary database.