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October 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Seattle detective pleads not guilty to DUI

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A Seattle police detective suspected of drunken driving refused to take breath and field sobriety tests after he was involved in a traffic accident yesterday in Mukilteo, according to a Mukilteo police report. John Fox, a 23-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department, pleaded not guilty to a drunken driving charge this afternoon in Everett District Court.

Fox was driving a city-owned GMC Yukon at around 1:20 p.m. when he rear-ended another vehicle at the intersection of Chennault Beach Road and Mukilteo Speedway. The vehicle struck by the Yukon hit another vehicle, which in turn struck a third vehicle, police said.

There were no serious injuries reported.

Fox, 46, told a Mukilteo officer he was an underecover cop, but Seattle police said this morning it’s still unclear whether he was working at the time of the collision. Fox lives in Everett, the report said.

Mukilteo police say Fox’s speech was slow and slurred and his eyes were watery and bloodshot.

A search of the Yukon turned up six empty 50 ml bottles of peppermint schnapps and a “nearly empty” 375 ml bottle of vodka, according to Mukilteo police. Police also recovered three handguns, several magazines of ammunition, handcuffs and other police equipment, according to the report.

Seattle police say Fox is assigned to the department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau. He will be transferred pending the Mukilteo investigation, police said.

Seattle police have initiated a complaint process with the department’s Office of Professional Accountability (OPA). Upon the conclusion of the Mukilteo criminal case, OPA will proceed with a separate administrative investigation into the detective’s conduct.

Fox left Everett District Court today without making comment.

According to court records, Fox was previously convicted of DUI in 1994. He served one day in jail and paid a $560 fine after being arrested by the State Patrol in Issaquah.

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