Seattle police arrest 'visionary' lieutenant

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SEATTLE - Seattle police arrested one of their own Saturday night after they responded to a domestic violence call involving an off-duty officer.  Officers arrested Lieutenant Donnie Lowe after an initial investigation.

 

Jail records show Lowe was booked in the King County Jail just after midnight Sunday morning.

 

Lowe had recently been assigned a leadership position for the department’s visionary reform plan titled SPD 20/20.  In a written statement, Seattle police said Lowe has been removed from that group and a replacement is being sought.

 

Deputy Chief Nick Metz and Captain Neil Low responded to the scene Saturday night to the relieve Lowe of duty and took possession of his badge and gun.

 

Seattle police did not provide any other details on the actual incident, including who the victims is in the alleged assault.

 

Lowe is no stranger to the other side of the law.  In November 2008, he was cited for drunken driving after swerving in lanes on southbound Interstate 5. According to the Washington State Patrol, his blood alcohol content was .113%

 

Lowe initially pleaded not guilty to DUI and later guilty to reckless driving.

 

In return, he received a deferred sentence of 2 years, paid a fine and had to attend alcohol information classes in addition to 10 hours of community service.  He was able to keep his drivers license.

 

In his 20 years of service, there are additional blemishes on his record.  According to the Seattle Times, Lt. Lowe received written reprimand in 2006 after his then 13-year-old son alleged he was punched and pushed up against a holding cell wall.

 

And in September 2002, Lowe received an oral reprimand from an incident in which he reportedly entered a private home in an attempt to recover nude pictures of a female relative.

 

The Seattle Police Department’s South Precinct did the initial investigation but Chief Diaz will ask another law enforcement agency to conduct the criminal investigation.  Lowe is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.