10/25/2014

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Two Seattle police officers arrested for DUI, hit-and-run

SEATTLE -- Two Seattle police officers accused of drunkenly crashing into a light pole and leaving the scene were arrested early Monday morning.

The officers, who were both off duty at the time, were driving in Seattle's SoDo area just after midnight on Monday when they hit what a witness described as a light pole, according to police.

The witness told police that after the crash, the female driver stopped the car in the middle of the street, got out and switched places with her male passenger.

Officers found the car roughly two miles away parked in the roadway with the motor running. When police approached the car, they immediately recognized the occupants as Seattle police officers.

According to the arrest report, the female officer -- who was in the passenger seat -- repeatedly swore at the arresting officers and appeared "extremely intoxicated." The woman originally denied driving the car, but later admitted to being behind the wheel, according to the report.

After being taken to the department's North Precinct for processing, the woman became combative and told an officer he "wasn't a real cop" because she had been on the force longer. When the officer informed her that he, in fact, had been an officer "considerably longer than her," the woman rushed towards him in "an aggressive manner" and had to be restrained by another officer.

The woman eventually took two breath tests. Her blood alcohol level was .234 and .247. The legal limit for adults in Washington state is .08. The male officer blew .161 and .149. The woman was processed for DUI and the man was processed for DUI-physical control. Both were released.

The car, which was not owned by the city, was impounded. SPD has initiated the Office of Professional Accountability complaint process and both officers have been administratively reassigned to home.

Investigators are asking the City Attorney's Office to consider charges of DUI and Hit and Run for the female off-duty officer and DUI-Physical Control and Hit and Run for the male off-duty officer.
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