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January 9, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Bellevue cop charged with DUI resigns

A Bellevue police officer charged with DUI following a traffic stop in November resigned today, Bellevue police Chief Linda Pillo said.

Andrew Hanke, 38, was off-duty and on his way home when he was stopped Nov. 27 by a fellow Bellevue police officer.

According to a police report, Officer Doug Brennan was also off-duty and was on his way home about 10 p.m. when he was passed on Interstate 90 by a Jeep Cherokee traveling at 73 mph, well above the posted 60 mph limit. Brennan wrote that the Jeep was “swerving all over the roadway.”

Brennan said he pulled the car over and recognized Hanke. Brennan said he was greeted by an odor of alcohol when the window rolled down, Brennan wrote in the report.

“I saw that Andy had a glazed look on his face, and his eyes were bloodshot, watery and droopy,” Brennan wrote.

Brennan called Hanke’s wife and told her to come and get him. After she arrived in her own vehicle, she drove Hanke home in his car while Brennan waited with her vehicle until she got a ride and came back for it.

While he was waiting, Brennan said, he contacted two Bellevue supervisors to explain what had happened.

Based on his report, he did not issue a citation at the scene, conduct field sobriety tests or make an effort to obtain Hanke’s blood-alcohol level before letting him leave with his wife.

Pillo said the department is scrutinizing Brennan’s actions.

“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,” Pillo said in a statement on Hanke’s resignation.

Hanke was one of two Bellevue officers punished in 2012 for their off-duty behavior at a Seahawks game, when they drunkenly confronted a female Seattle police officer and got into a profanity-laced altercation with a fan and his family.

Hanke was suspended for 30 days without pay and removed from the department’s Bomb Squad. The second officer, Dion Robertson, was demoted from corporal to officer and lost his supervisory responsibilities on the Bomb Squad.

Hanke was hired in 2001 as a police support officer and in 2005 became a commissioned police officer. He had been on administrative leave.

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