Former Lakewood officer blames PTSD for crash




TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A former Lakewood police officer says post-traumatic stress disorder caused him to crash his patrol car in March.

Adam Leonard resigned earlier this month after an outside investigation found he had lied about the incident.

The News-Tribune reports Leonard says he can’t remember what led up to the accident. After he drove off Perimeter Road in March, Leonard told the department he had been chasing a speeding car when someone inside pointed a shotgun at him.

Leonard denies lying and said he was diagnosed with PTSD after four Lakewood officers were killed in November 2009, at a Parkland coffee shop. He thinks it caused a delusion.


Information from: The News Tribune,