Mountlake Terrace police commander Don Duncan was on call January 31st of this year, when he was pulled over by a Washington State Patrol trooper and subsequently arrested for DUI. Duncan had been with the Mountlake Terrace police department for nearly 18 years, and had been a police commander for the past two. He was recently fired over his recent drunk driving arrest. Mountlake Terrace city administrator Arlene Fisher wrote in a 14-page termination letter, that former officer Duncan’s behavior had shown “a complete absence of judgement” and that his action as a whole reflected poorly on the Mountlake terrace police department.
It was reported at the time of Duncan’s arrest, he attempted to talk his way out of the situation, and at one point, even tried to blame his coworkers. The DUI event occurred January 31st when Duncan stayed at an Arlington restaurant until 1am the next morning. It was reported he was drinking with others, and that after they had left the restaurant, Duncan drove with a friend to Tulalip Resort Casino; where he continued to consume alcohol. Not long after, a Washington State Police trooper noticed Duncan’s car headlights were off, and that his vehicle had been crossing the center line.
On April 22, a disciplinary meeting was held and Duncan gave the city a letter from his attorney saying that his internal investigation was flawed and his expected termination was unjust and unwarranted. During the internal investigation, Duncan reportedly told officials he had not received proper training about being on-call as the command duty officer.
According to court records, Duncan pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge and the case is pending trial.
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