January 9, 2014
NEW — 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9, 2014
A Bellevue Police officer charged with drunken driving on Interstate 90 near Issaquah has resigned from the department.
Officer Andrew Hanke resigned today, effective immediately.
“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.
December 10, 2013
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.
July 2, 2013
After many local residents raised eyebrows about its advertising, a police investigation led to a prostitution arrest June 27 at a massage parlor in the 1700 block of Newport Way Northwest.
Police said they were alerted to the possibility of nefarious business practices when signs were seen along the street marketing “Asian Girl Massage.” Issaquah officers began working with the Bellevue Police Department.
“Basically, we started the investigation when we received some complaints about how the business was advertising,” Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said. “We utilized some of the resources from the sheriff’s department and a detective from Bellevue. They were not investigating our location, but they did have a location that had some similarities.”