‘Drive High, Get a DUI’ campaign reminds public that driving while high is illegal

June 22, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 22, 2014

With marijuana retail stores slated to open in early July, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission is launching the “Drive High, Get a DUI” campaign to remind those planning on patronizing the new businesses that driving high is illegal.

The new messaging coincides with summertime DUI emphasis patrols kicking off July 1 and will feature three 30-second television commercials. The Colorado Department of Transportation produced and aired the commercials in Colorado earlier this year as part of their efforts to combat people driving while high.

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Bellevue officer charged with DUI resigns

January 28, 2014

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.

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Bellevue officer charged with DUI in Issaquah court resigns from department

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.

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Issaquah will prosecute Bellevue officer over DUI

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.

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State Rep. Tana Senn is ready to serve

September 24, 2013

Mercer Island City Councilwoman Tana Senn is the state’s newest lawmaker, having been appointed to fill the 41st District state representative seat vacated by Marcie Maxwell.

The Metropolitan King County Council appointed her Sept. 9. Senn was the top choice of local Democratic Party officials to fill the vacancy created by Maxwell’s decision to join Gov. Jay Inslee’s education staff.

Rep. Tana Senn

Rep. Tana Senn

Since her appointment, Senn, 42, has hit the ground running, meeting with 41st District mayors, and attending local events in the district that stretches from the northern parts of Renton to the southern parts of Sammamish, encompassing Mercer Island and Newcastle, and parts of Issaquah and Bellevue.

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