Officer arrested for throwing Drexel student's phone off bridge after fender-bender

A Philadelphia police officer has been suspended with intent to dismiss for an incident in which he reportedly grew irate after hitting a Drexel student's car and threw their phone over the bridge.

Tayon Moore. Credit: PPD Tayon Moore. Credit: PPD

 

A Philadelphia police officer has been suspended with intent to dismiss for an incident in which he reportedly grew irate after hitting a Drexel student's car and threw their phone over the bridge.

 

Tayon Moore, 31, a 7-year veteran of the department assigned to the 35th District, is charged with theft and criminal mischief for a June incident, police and prosecutors announced today.

 

The D.A.'s office said that while off-duty on June 24 around 1:12 a.m. and driving his mother's Chrysler 300, Moore rear-ended a Drexel student at 34th and Chestnut.

 

Moore fled the scene but was followed by the other driver, then pulled over four blocks away, at 30th and Chestnut streets, police said.

According to police, Moore and the student began exchanging information, but when the Drexel student started to call 911, Moore grabbed the phone and threw it down an embankment.

According to the D.A.'s office's version of events, Moore "became agitated," and threw the other driver's cell phone over the bridge, breaking it.

Moore then reportedly fled the scene a second time, without exchanging any information.

The Accident Investigation Division identified Moore as the driver using the car's tag number, which the Drexel student had obtained, and saw the damaged car outside Moore's home, the D.A.'s office said.

Moore turned himself in this morning to be processed by police.

 
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