Issaquah will prosecute Bellevue officer over DUI
December 10, 2013
By Peter Clark
Issaquah will lead a DUI case against a Bellevue police officer.
Officer Andy Hanke was charged with driving under the influence Dec. 5.
Heading home eastbound on Interstate 90, Bellevue officer Doug Brennan spotted a Jeep driving at 73 miles per hour Nov. 20. The vehicle passed him, swerved in its lane and veered over to the side of the road. Brennan pulled the Jeep over and found Hanke, a fellow Bellevue officer, behind the wheel.
According to the police report submitted by Brennan, he quickly recognized Hanke’s inebriation.
“I immediately smelled an odor of alcohol when the window rolled down,” Brennan wrote. “I said, ‘Hanke, what are you doing?’ I saw that Andy had a glazed look on his face and his eyes were bloodshot, watery and droopy. He replied to me by asking what I meant.”
Hanke told Brennan he was coming from the Sideline Sports Bar in Bellevue. He would not say how much he had to drink nor whom he was with at the bar. Brennan wrote that Hanke’s speech was significantly slurred.
Instead of arresting Hanke for driving under the influence, Brennan called Hanke’s wife to pick him up. After the incident, Brennan told his supervisor, who in turn told Bellevue Police Chief Linda Pillo.
According to a press release from the Bellevue Police Department, Pillo launched investigations the next day.
“The officer who was stopped was immediately placed on administrative leave, while concurrent internal and criminal investigations were ordered,” the release reads. “The criminal investigation was filed this week with the Issaquah prosecutor’s office, and the internal investigation is ongoing.”
Brennan will also undergo investigation for his decision to not arrest Hanke.
“While officers are allowed some discretion during a traffic stop, the officer’s decision in this case not to make an arrest is undergoing a thorough and objective internal investigation,” the release reads. “That investigation will determine whether the on-duty officer used poor judgment and/or failed to perform their duties.”
The case falls to Issaquah City Attorney Lynn Moberly because of the proximity to the city on I-90.
She said she didn’t know why the case took so long to come to her office, but it was something she has not seen before.
“It’s kind of an unusual situation,” Moberly said. “I’ve never had an officer pull over another officer.”
Pillo promised swift action if the investigations called for it.
“I expect our officers to abide by our guiding principles of respect, accountability, integrity and service, and to abide by the laws of the state of Washington both on and off duty,” Pillo said. “If these allegations are sustained, the involved officers will be held accountable for their actions.”
Hanke received a 30-day suspension last year for disorderly conduct in an off-duty incident at a Seattle Seahawks game. He and another Bellevue officer berated a Seattle police officer directing traffic and were ejected from CenturyLink Field for offensive behavior. According to a Bellevue Police Department press release at the time, Hanke also drove home from the incident intoxicated.