Earlier this year, we told you about an off-duty Bellevue Police officer who was pulled over in November by a colleague on suspicion of driving under the influence. But instead of asking Andrew Hanke to submit to either a field sobriety test or a Breathalyzer test, news agencies have reported that Officer Doug Brennan instead called Hanke's wife and had her come pick up her husband from the scene.
When Brennan told a supervisor about it, the Bellevue Police Chief was notified and Hanke was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
Hanke was eventually charged with DUI and later resigned from the department in January. Now, we have learned that Brennan was also placed on administrative leave in February for his actions (or inaction) related to the incident. The investigation that followed determined that Brennan has violated multiple departmental policies - and he was fired from the force last week.
In addition to failing to test Hanke for DUI, the findings are reported to indicate that Brennan:
- Failed to notify dispatchers about the traffic stop
- Failed to notify supervisors about the traffic stop until Hanke was taken away from the scene
- Used his personal cell phone to call Hanke's wife
- Lied to another officer who arrived on scene by indicating that "medication" was the cause of Hanke's behavior and appearance
Kudos to the Bellevue Police Department for holding both Hanke and Brennan accountable for their actions. The department's actions show that it expects its officers to treat their colleagues like they would any other civilian, and not provide special treatment to DUI suspects just because they carry a badge.