by: Natasha Chen Updated:
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. - A police commander with the Mountlake Terrace Police Department was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and has been on administrative leave for the past two months.
Mountlake Terrace Police chief Greg Wilson said Commander Don K. Duncan was driving his personal car when he was pulled over on Feb. 1 at 1:30 a.m. in the Lake Stevens area.
Duncan was later charged with DUI. He pleaded not guilty. The Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office is now handling the case, and a trial is set for June.
KIRO 7 tried to contact Duncan but did not get a response.
Duncan has been with the department for 18 years. An old press release from Wilson shows Duncan was promoted to commander in June 2012.
Mountlake Terrace resident Liz Forney said, “He wants to uphold the law, but then he breaks it himself. That’s kind of unnerving… very, very unnerving.”
The press release from Duncan’s promotion in 2012 said he and his wife have twin sons, both sergeants in the U.S. army who had served four tours in Afghanistan. The statement also mentioned Duncan’s mother, who sewed all the patches for the department uniforms.
One resident of Mountlake Terrace, who did not want to speak on camera, said he thought Duncan was one of the best officers on the force.
Another resident, Kendra Knowlan, said, “It’s just unfortunate for his family. You know, and I hope he gets what he needs, in terms of help.”
Duncan is also a musician in the country western band Bullet Creek.
KIRO 7 called the booking number for Bullet Creek but did not get a response.