SHEBOYGAN — A viral video on Facebook has people questioning why a Sheboygan Police SUV got a car wash with a broken window.
In a video posted on Facebook, a Sheboygan Police squad is seen getting a car wash at Magic Car Wash on Thursday, February 15th. In the video, the police vehicle has a blown out rear window.
The video has been viewed over 348,000 times since it was first posted on Tuesday.
MySheboygan.com has learned the squad was involved in a crash nine days earlier at the Sheboygan County Courthouse. According to a report, Officer Nicholas L. Helland had parked his patrol vehicle on Tuesday, February 6th in the parking lot behind the courthouse. He left the vehicle running, exited and began to lock the door when he noticed the vehicle rolling backwards towards the courthouse.
The squad then crashed into an entrance way to the courthouse, causing damage to the rear window, hatchback and right rear quarter panel. 25-year-old Helland, who was sworn in as a police officer last December, was not cited for the accident.
Magic Car Wash released a statement on Friday addressing the viral video. “This video was taken by the management team for our internal use only as a teaching tool to show employees things that they need to watch out for.” According to the statement, the employee that posted the video on Facebook did not have permission to do so and has since been terminated.
As far as how the squad made it through the car wash nine days later? According to Magic Car Wash, an unnamed individual did not realize the SUV had its rear window missing.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated the wrong Magic Car Wash location where the police vehicle was washed.