From the Seattle Times:
An acting Seattle police captain who was recently given a key role in the city’s plan to fix problems in the Police Department was booked into jail early Sunday after being arrested in a domestic-violence incident.
Donnie R. Lowe, who holds the official rank of lieutenant, has been removed from his role in the reform effort, the department said in a statement Sunday evening.
Details of what led to Lowe’s arrest by South Precinct officers were not immediately available, said Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, the department’s chief spokesman….
Lowe has a checkered history with the department, including an arrest in 2008 on suspicion of driving while under the influence (DUI). He has received internal reprimands for inappropriate dealings with his son in a holding cell, and over his effort to retrieve nude photographs of a relative.
The DUI arrest attracted attention because Lowe was allowed to supervise a Seattle police security detail at President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009, even though the arrest had taken place Nov. 23, 2008.
Lowe had been stopped on Interstate 5 in South Seattle by a State Patrol trooper. A blood-alcohol test administered to Lowe about an hour after the stop registered 0.113, above the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent for those over 21, according to a State Patrol report.
Lowe pleaded guilty to an amended charge of reckless driving in June 2009. That charge was dismissed in 2011 after he completed alcohol-information school, probation, community service and other terms.
It was not clear Sunday how the Police Department dealt internally with the case.
At the time of the DUI arrest, Lowe worked in the department’s Homeland Security Bureau, overseeing planning for special events and disaster management. He began working on the inauguration assignment before the incident and supervised a 42-member Seattle police detail that assisted in inaugural security.
Lowe, who was with a passenger, was stopped by a trooper about 1:45 a.m. after the trooper noticed his car drifting in the lanes, the State Patrol report said.
The trooper recognized an odor of alcohol in the car and saw a glass in the drink holder filled with a dark-colored liquid that smelled of alcohol, the report said. Lowe had bloodshot and watery eyes, the trooper wrote.