Two Atlanta police officers have been accused of sexually assaulting a woman while they were driving her home after her friend was arrested on drunken-driving charges.
The male officers have not been charged with any crimes, but the Atlanta Police Department has opened criminal and internal investigations against them, said Maj. Lane Hagin, commander of the internal affairs unit.
Hagin would not divulge the names of the officers, both of whom have been put on desk duty until the investigations are complete.
The alleged incident happened in the early morning hours of Feb. 6, Hagin said.
The woman and a female friend left a bar and were heading home with the friend behind the wheel, Hagin said, when they were involved in a wreck in the East Atlanta area.
The Atlanta police responded and arrested the driver on a charge of driving under the influence, Hagin said.
Because her passenger didn’t have a ride home, the two officers offered her a “courtesy ride,” which is not unusual in DUI cases when passengers are stranded, Hagin said.
The woman claims the assault did not take place in the officers’ patrol car, but “it’s unclear where it took place,” Hagin said.
The woman called Atlanta police the next morning from WellStar Kennestone Hospital in north Cobb County. Police interviewed her at the hospital, then had her examined further at Grady Memorial Hospital, Hagin said.