An officer was responding to a call in City Heights when he realized his patrol car was on fire.
Police had received a call of an attempted suicide just before 6 a.m. on Chamoune Ave.
“Obviously we were hustling to get to the call and render aid and evaluate the situation and one of the officer’s brakes apparently got pretty hot in route to the call,” police Lt. Andrew Hoffman said.
Hot brakes on a police car are not uncommon. What is uncommon is that upon arrival at the scene his car burst into flames.
“We don’t know exactly what happened with that,” said Lt. Hoffman said.
Firefighters think it may have been some kind of fuel leak.
“It’s really unlikely for those brakes to burst into flames like that just from driving,” Lt. Hoffman said.
The officer was riding by himself when it happened. No one was hurt.