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April 17, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Bellevue cop fired for mishandling colleague’s alleged DUI

A Bellevue police officer who did not cite a colleague for drunken driving, conduct field sobriety tests or make an effort to obtain the officer’s blood-alcohol level before letting him leave with his wife, has been fired.

Officer Doug Brennan, who has been on administrative leave since February, was  fired Wednesday. Chief Linda Pillo found that Brennan had violated department ethics, arrest and false-information policies when handling the Nov. 20 incident.

Brennan was hired in March 1999. He was assigned to the Traffic Unit as an accident investigator and also was a member of the Bomb Squad.

Off-duty at the time, Brennan was passed on Interstate 90 by a Jeep Cherokee traveling 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 Officer Andrew Hanke. Brennan smelled alcohol when the window rolled down, he 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.

Hanke has since resigned from the department.

“This entire incident has been difficult for everyone involved. It is unfortunate that two good people have had their careers with BPD ended over this,” Deputy Chief Jim Jolliffe wrote in a news release. “We have a duty to the community, and the good men and women of this police department to uphold our high standards of integrity and professionalism. The department has processes in place to ensure high performance and accountability to maintain the community’s trust as we focus on the excellent service our officers provide to the citizens of Bellevue every day.”

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