“He told me he was going to do his own thing, and that was all I was supposed to know,” the young man said.
“I said, ‘Do you know how many times you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence?'”
The man, whose name has not been released because he was a juvenile at the time, told police he was driving on Interstate 75 near the Kansas City airport when he crashed into the back of a passing tractor-trailer.
“He said that he was gonna get away with murder, and I was gonna let him off with just a ticket and not worry about it,” he said.
That driver’s license, however, was suspended for a year after a judge ruled that he had not been given enough evidence to support the charge, and he later had to pay back his ticket.
The man said that the officer who stopped him told him that his behavior could be considered reckless.
He said that his parents were “very upset” and that they wanted to talk to police about it, but that they never heard back.
The young man and his parents sued the police department, alleging that they were falsely accused and had not received adequate legal advice.
In response, the Kansas Department of Public Safety, which is part of the Kansas State Patrol, fired the officer and hired a private investigator.
The investigation found that the officers’ testimony was not accurate and the young men’ injuries were not severe enough to warrant a criminal investigation.
The department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a written statement, the KSP denied the allegations, saying it is committed to maintaining the highest level of professionalism in its law enforcement.
It also said that no officers involved in the crash had been disciplined and that a review of the incident was under way.
The incident sparked a national conversation about whether law enforcement officers should be trained to recognize and respond to driving under influence.
In the wake of the accident, several states introduced bills that would make it illegal for officers to use deadly force to prevent an arrest or to prevent a driver from fleeing.
But it remains to be seen whether these laws will be enforced, and whether the state and local police departments will be held accountable if they do not.
In addition to the fatal crash in Missouri, two other officers have been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a motorist in Missouri.
Police in Kentucky have been placed on administrative leave after an officer shot and killed a man who had a gun and appeared to be armed.
And in Texas, police officers shot and wounded a man during a confrontation at a traffic stop.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.