March 7, 2013 at 10:37 AM
Two Seattle police officers charged with off-duty DUI
Two off-duty Seattle police officers were charged by the Seattle City Attorney’s Office today with misdemeanor DUI.
Officers Marie Gochnour and Sean Moore were arrested on Dec. 17 after a 911 caller reported a car hitting a pole near First Avenue South and South Lander Street.
When police arrived they found that Gochnour had a breath-alcohol content of .234 percent and .247 percent. Officer Sean Moore’s breath test measured at .161 and .149 percent, according to the City Attorney’s Office.
The state’s legal limit is .08 percent.
According to a Seattle police report, while the pair were being tested, Gochnour cursed at the arresting officer, acted in an aggressive manner and gave him the middle finger in a North Precinct room equipped with a video camera.
Twice, Gochnour, who cried at times, tried to rush the arresting officer, only to be held back by a sergeant, the report said. She told the officer and sergeant she was driving her boyfriend around.
Since December, the officers have been reassigned to desk duty; Gochnour from patrol and Moore from the K9 unit, according to police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb.
Whitcomb said the department’s internal investigation is on hold while the criminal investigation progresses.
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