A Seattle police lieutenant charged with violating a domestic-violence court order reached an agreement this morning that could lead to the charge being dropped.
Under the dispositional continuance, the case against Lt. Donnie Lowe will be pending for 12 months. If Lowe complies with certain conditions — no criminal law violations, carries no weapons except his service weapon and pays court costs — the charge be dismissed in a year.
After the hearing in Seattle Municipal Court, Lowe’s attorney said he wanted to put the case behind him although they had a solid case heading into trial.
Lowe was acquitted by a jury last year of misdemeanor domestic-violence for allegedly assaulting his wife. But while awaiting trial, Lowe was accused of violating the no-contact order barring him from having contact with his wife.
Lowe’s wife was believed to be a passenger in a car when Seattle police stopped him Aug. 14 for allegedly talking on his cell phone while driving, according to sources familiar with the case. Lowe told police the woman was a relative, one of the sources said.
Lowe’s wife, Nanette Lowe, told The Seattle Times in August that the female in the car with her husband was the couple’s 16-year-old niece. But an investigation by the King County Sheriff’s Office uncovered conflicting evidence.
A law enforcement source said the woman in the car was described as wearing a multicolored dress that matched the description of a dress that Nanette Lowe was seen wearing in a video image captured when she entered work Aug. 14. A King County employee, she arrived at work about a half-hour after the traffic stop, the source said.
Lowe has a checkered history with the department.
He previously was disciplined after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in 2008. He pleaded guilty to an amended charge of reckless driving, later dismissed when he met court conditions. The department then suspended him for four days without pay after an internal investigation.
Lowe also received internal reprimands for inappropriate physical treatment of a handcuffed son while he was in police custody in a holding cell in 2006, and over an improper effort to retrieve from a man nude photographs of a female acquaintance in 2002.