While one of its own is on administrative leave, the Mountlake Terrace Police Department is conducting an internal investigation of the arrest of Commander Don Duncan for driving under the influence (DUI). Duncan was arrested by Washington State Patrol on Feb. 1 at approximately 1:30 a.m. in Lake Stevens.
Duncan was formally charged with a DUI in Snohomish County District Court – Evergreen Division in Monroe; he pled not guilty to the charge.
“We are conducting an independent administrative internal investigation that is still active,” said Mountlake Terrace Chief of Police Greg Wilson.
While the gross misdemeanor case is in the hands of the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office, Mountlake Terrace Police Department policy calls for additional review. “In this case our process is to run a parallel and independent internal investigation,” Wilson explained. “We identify and investigate policy violations. This includes witness (and) subject officer interviews and analysis of WSP’s arrest report and any associated evidence.”
When asked if he had confidence that the internal investigation would be conducted fairly, Wilson responded with a one-word answer: “Absolutely.”
The City of Mountlake Terrace issued a press release in the late afternoon of April 9 disclosing the arrest of Duncan and the DUI charge against him, but only after area media became aware of the case from an unnamed source.
“Our general practice is to not release internal matters to the media,” Wilson said. But after receiving inquiring phone calls from two media outlets in the Puget Sound area, and “in the interest of fairness,” Wilson said he had the information released to all news organizations.
— Story and photo by Doug Petrowski