MPD officer rams ATVs after drag racing complaint, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis police officer has been relieved of duty pending an investigation after ramming two ATVs Sunday afternoon.

Around 4:10 p.m., officers at Mt. Moriah Station received a complaint about several people drag racing in the area of Kathy and Marlene, police said.

Officers found 10 to 15 ATVs in the area that were being driven recklessly.

Police attempted to stop the drivers, and they fled.

While attempting to stop the drivers, an MPD officer hit two ATVs, police said.

Two suspects were taken to Regional One Hospital in non-critical condition.

They were arrested for various charges.

Justin Griham, 18, was charged with disregarding a traffic signal, drag racing, evading arrest, financial responsibility, reckless driving, speeding and violation of vehicle registration.

Emmanuel Meniru, 20, was charged with disregarding a traffic signal, no helmet, evading arrest, financial responsibility, reckless driving, speeding, and violation of vehicle registration.

The officer who struck the suspects has been relieved of duty pending an ongoing investigation into the officer’s actions, police said.