BURBANK -- Two Burbank police officers were slightly injured in
separate crashes and now face administrative review hearings in those
Officer Steve Buteyn hit a utility pole on the south side of Clark
Street near Victory Boulevard when his car skidded out of control at
10:10 p.m. Monday. Buteyn's accident report said he was driving to an
emergency call when his car slid on wet pavement. The front end of the
patrol car received major damage, including damage to its undercarriage,
and Buteyn sustained minor bruises and scrapes, Lt. Bob Giles said.
"He was going fast enough to lose control of the car at the turn, but
that does not mean he was speeding," Giles said.
Officer Scott Meadows was chasing someone suspected of stealing a car
in the 1800 block of Rosita Avenue when he lost control of his car in the
intersection of Rosita Avenue and Parish Place at 2:41 a.m. Tuesday.
The suspected thief escaped and the patrol car received major damage
when it hit an unoccupied parked car, Giles said. Meadows received a
scrape to his arm when the air bag deployed.
"There will be an administrative review in both cases," Giles said.
"Police administrators will review the facts to determine if the officers
acted in or out of policy."
Police were investigating if either man was speeding at the time of
the accidents and at the hearings it will be decided that if speed was a
factor, whether it was justified, Giles said.
Buteyn has been with the department for 15 years and Meadows is in his
first year, but spent three years with another law enforcement agency.