Bellevue

Officer investigated for not arresting fellow officer stopped for DUI

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- A Bellevue Police officer, who was disciplined last year for inappropriate behavior at a Seahawks game is now facing a misdemeanor DUI charge, and the officer who stopped him is now under investigation for letting the officer go. 

Ofc. Andy Hanke said he was "on a sliding slope" when the fellow Bellevue Police officer stopped him last month for suspicion of drunken driving.

According to court documents, Ofc. Hanke was off-duty when the officer noticed Hanke's Jeep Cherokee swerving on I-90 near Issaquah. The officer noted in his report that Hanke's vehicle continued for a short distance after he activated his overhead emergency lights.

The officer said he immediately smelled alcohol and Hanke's  eyes were "bloodshot, watery and droopy." The officer called Hanke's wife and she picked him up.

During the traffic stop, the officer said another vehicle approached the scene for a domestic violence incident. The officer contacted dispatch and requested assistance from Issaquah Police and WSP, according to his report.

Immediately following the traffic stop, the fellow officer called a supervisor and explained the situation. When the police chief was notified the next day, Hanke was placed on administrative leave.   The department is now investigating the actions of the officer who made the traffic stop and his decision to not make an arrest. The officer is still on-duty but part of an internal investigation.

In a press release, Police Chief Linda Pillo said, "I expect our officers to abide by our guiding principles of respect, accountability, integrity and service, and to abide by the laws of the state of Washington both on and off duty. If these allegations are sustained, the involved officers will be held accountable for their actions."

Last year, Hanke was suspended four weeks and removed from the Bomb Squad for unruly behavior at the Seahawks game. According to the internal investigation report, Hanke admitted that he drove home while under the influence - even after a Seattle Police Sgt. told Hanke and his friends to sober up and not drive.

The Issaquah city prosecutor filed the misdemeanor DUI charge on Thursday.

The Bellevue Police Officer's Guild did not return calls for comment.