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Washington Officer Fired After Failing to Arrest Fellow Officer

April 18, 2014  | 

A Bellevue, Wash., police officer was fired Wednesday after failing to arrest a fellow officer he had pulled over for an alleged DUI, reports KING-TV.

The incident happened Nov. 20, 2013 when Officer Andrew Hanke was pulled over on Interstate 90 near Issaquah. Bellevue police say Officer Doug Brennan did not arrest Hanke, who was off duty, and let him be driven home by a family member.

Police spokesperson Carla Iafrate said Brennan notified a supervisor about what happened and Chief Linda Pillo was notified the next morning.

Brennan was placed on administrative leave in February while his actions in the case were investigated. Chief Pillo determined Brennan violated numerous department policies, including ethics violations and false information, Iafrate said.


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Lenny @ 4/18/2014 3:35 PM

"Chief Pillo determined Brennan violated numerous department policies, including ethics violations and false information, Iafrate said."
There's a first, good for the chief. I wonder what will happen to the drunk cop?
Now how do you guys plan on blaming this on Obama and Holder?

AJ @ 4/18/2014 5:25 PM

The USA Gov. is an Oligarchy.

The Gov. is no longer for or by the people. Only a small minority Ruling Elite. Wake up WWIII is on our doorstep. The American people won't be the enemy, the people in DC will be! We don't need WWIII but people who are behind the Iron Mountain report, and Georgia Guide Stones.

KevCopAz @ 4/19/2014 4:00 PM

Unless there is more to this story and there may be, but if not this is a typical example of a political minded over zealous Chief who probably never was a real cop anyway. There was not any accident, no other persons involved, he reported to a supervisor (God knows why in a chicken shit department like that one) and yet he is not suspended at most, he is fired! Like no other cop has EVER allowed a regular citizen a break and let him take a cab or get a ride home in the exact same circumstances, This is a reason why being a cop hurts you, you get punished MORE then the average person yet NEVER get the benefit of the doubt I could understand it if there had been an accident, someone had been hurt or otherwise some high profile thing, but this happens everyday with other cops (in a real police PD) and with regular citizens. I wonder if that useless Chief would have backed the officer up if the Mayor or his relative or a friend were stopped at not let go. The Chief is shitless.

Steve Nemeth @ 4/20/2014 6:15 AM

As long as the Chief expected to be arrested and taken to jail should she be involved in similar situation, were 10-4 with that.

John @ 4/20/2014 8:11 AM

It is to bad that Officers put other Officers in these situations. Officer Doug Brennan was to honest and it got him Fired.

Pup @ 4/20/2014 9:47 AM

I'm not sure about WA laws & policy, but in CA, DUI is a misd and not manatory to make an arrest. Regarding being terminated, I bet if it was the Chief who was DUI, the officer wouldn't have lost his job, instead he would have been promoted. I have no idea how many civilians and officers I had given breaks to and did the same as the officer... Kudos to the officer!!!

Pup @ 4/20/2014 9:54 AM

In CA. it's not manatory to arrest a DUI. It's at our discreation. I bet if it was the Chief who was pulled over for DUI., it would be a different outcome. Not termination but a promotion. He didn't have to say a word but he was upfront with it. Shame on the department. I guess the Chief walks on water. Kudos to the officer!!

Capt. Crunch @ 4/20/2014 10:34 AM

What happen to police discretion? I feel officer Brennan and his supervisor did the right thing pertaining to officer Hanks. Instead of going after Brennan and his supervisor the chief should have had Hanks, evaluated for medical problems and then proceed from there.

Ima Leprechaun @ 4/21/2014 2:51 AM

The enforcement Officer was well within his discretion to do exactly what he did. Stopped the violator and had someone sober drive. That used to be the standard everywhere until MADD was formed and they forced out officer discretion. But the Officer violated no laws by doing what he did. He gave an immediate heads-up to his supervisor who should back him up completely on this. This was purely a witch hunt and nothing more. I know I would have arrested the other officer myself but only because I know we no longer have discretion in these types of traffic stops. But I completely understand what Officer Brennan did and he will get his job back on appeal with full back pay. The Chief used the officers past to fire him which is a completely wrong thing to do since under most contracts past history older than a year means nothing for discipline reasons. This one is a toughie there is no doubt of that. Nobody really wins in these situations. You are both in my prayers.

Ima Leprechaun @ 4/21/2014 2:53 AM

No comments posted publicly?

AJ @ 4/21/2014 6:24 AM

Why? He used discretion and even reported it to his supervisor to ensure there was no appearance that he was trying to hide anything. I fail to see how people who were not on scene can Monday morning quarterback an officers DUI investigation. Did the chief do roadsides? No? Maybe he should shut his piehole and learn to lead from the front.

RAM#1 @ 4/21/2014 9:58 AM

Unfortunately, this is the world we live in. Law enforcement used to be about evaluating the immediate situation, and then making a judgement call based on the facts that the individual officer is faced with. Decades ago we contacted cabs for DUI's; or contacted family members to come and get their loved ones. We based that decision on priors. If the individual had prior arrest for DUI, he went to jail. However, if this appeared to be his/her first offense based on the totality of your investigation, then sometimes a cab fare was the punishment of the day. We did this for citizens and law enforcement alike, so before the critics start their lecture about how professional courtesy diminishes our moral and ethical obligations... please!
Finally, after 32 years in the business, I caution these administrators about casting the proverbial first stone, whether for political purposes, or for good old fashion - because I can, as I'm in charge syndrome. There WILL come a time in every career when the inevitable "round world syndrome" comes full circle.... good luck Chief!

Not the good ol' days @ 4/23/2014 1:44 PM

It's unfortunate for Brennan, but the way we're (police) looked at nowadays and the way the perception has changed from 30 years ago, we can't expect to give each other breaks like we used to. Even though we want to and it kills us not to, by doing so you have the end result. Now Brennan has to jump thru hoops to try and get his job back. It's even worse if he has a family to support. He may have thought he was doing the right thing at the time, but as you can see, he was way off base. I bet no one else in the department is going to be giving anyone from their department or any other department any breaks any time soon. If they do, they sure aren't going to be telling anyone about it.

Matt @ 7/20/2014 11:06 PM

I know officer Brennan and he is a like most policemen I know (including my brother in-law), egocentric, know-it-all, that doesn't think the law applies to the police. I doubt he ever called the wife of anyone else who was suspected of DUI. The chief did the right thing. She got rid of a terrible cop who shouldn't be in law enforcement.

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