Mountlake Terrace officer fired after drunken driving

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. (AP) -- A Mountlake Terrace police commander has been fired following a January arrest for drunken driving.

The Everett Herald reports Friday that 50-year-old Don Duncan was an 18-year veteran of the city's police department. He was arrested on Jan. 31 on suspicion of drunken driving after a state trooper noticed his car crossing the center line and that his headlights weren't on. Duncan pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge and the case is pending trial.

However, authorities say Duncan attempted to talk himself out of being arrested and accused the trooper of being untruthful.

In the 14-page termination letter sent Thursday, Mountlake Terrace city administrator Arlene Fisher wrote that Duncan's behavior showed "a complete absence of judgment" and reflected poorly on the police department.

Duncan says the city's internal investigation was flawed.

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