Bellevue officer charged with DUI resigns

January 28, 2014

By Staff

A Bellevue Police officer charged with drunken driving on Interstate 90 near Issaquah has resigned from the department.

“As we move forward, my hope is that we rebuild the public’s trust and continue our focus on the great work that the men and women of this department do every day,” Chief Linda Pillo said in a news release.

On Nov. 20, Bellevue Police Officer Doug Brennan stopped Hanke for swerving and speeding. Instead of arresting the 38-year-old officer, Brennan allowed Hanke’s wife to pick him up. Brennan then reported the incident to his superiors the next day.

When Pillo was notified of the incident, Hanke was immediately placed on administrative leave, and Pillo ordered concurrent internal and criminal investigations. The criminal investigation was filed with the Issaquah Prosecutor’s Office, and Hanke was charged in Issaquah Municipal Court with DUI.

The department is also investigating the actions of Brennan. While officers are allowed some discretion during traffic stops, the Brennan’s decision not to make an arrest is undergoing a thorough and objective internal investigation, according to the news release.

“That investigation will determine whether the officer used poor judgment and/or failed to perform his duties,” the release read.

Hanke was hired in 2001 as a police support officer and in 2005 became a commissioned police officer. His next court date is Feb. 11.

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