This past St. Patrick's Day weekend, law enforcement agencies in and around Seattle ramped up their efforts to detain and arrest suspected drunk drivers. The initiative, much like the ones carried out in late December, are designed to focus on people who celebrate holidays by drinking alcohol and then getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. But during these high-enforcement periods, police probably do not expect to see any of their own getting busted for DUI.However, that's what happened back on December 17 in Seattle.
Two Seattle Police Department officers were arrested on DUI-related charges after a Nissan Altima they were in reportedly crashed into a light pole. Police reports indicate that a witness observed a woman driving a car that had sustained front end damage, and that the driver stopped the car in the middle of the street and switched seats with the man in the car.
Marie Gochnour and Sean More were subsequently arrested after recording blood alcohol levels of as high as .247 and .161, respectively. In addition, Gochnour reportedly shouted, cursed, cried, and even tried to rush one of the arresting officers.
Earlier this month, the two were charged with gross misdemeanor DUI. (Even though Moore wasn't observed actually driving the vehicle, he was behind the wheel of the running car when officers found it - which is enough for a DUI equivalent charge called Physical Control.)
The two officers have been reassigned to desk duty pending the outcome of the investigation. An internal SPD probe is waiting for the criminal case to be resolved.