A Bellevue police officer was fired Wednesday after failing to arrest a fellow officer he had pulled over for an alleged DUI.
The incident happened Nov. 20, 2013 when Officer Andrew Hanke was pulled over on Interstate 90 near Issaquah. Bellevue police say Officer Doug Brennan did not arrest Hanke, who was off-duty, and let him be driven home by a family member.
Police spokesperson Carla Iafrate said Brennan notified a supervisor about what happened and Chief Linda Pillo was notified the next morning.
Brennan was placed on administrative leave in February while his actions in the case were investigated. Chief Pillo determined Brennan violated numerous department policies, including ethics violations and false information, Iafrate said.
“This entire incident has been difficult for everyone involved. It is unfortunate that two good people have had their careers with BPD ended over this,” said Deputy Chief Jim Jolliffe in a statement. “We have a duty to the community, and the good men and women of this police department to uphold our high standards of integrity and professionalism.”
Brennan was a 15-year veteran of the department. He was a traffic accident investigator and a member of the bomb squad.
Hanke was charged by the Issaquah city prosecutor in December. He resigned from the department in January.
Hanke is the same officer who was involved in a highly publicized incident at a Seattle Seahawks game in 2012 in which he was accused of aggressive and obscene behavior. The incident prompted the chief to remove him from the Bellevue police bomb squad and suspend him for 30 days.