QUINCY — A Quincy police officer was suspended for 10 days over allegations that he lied about his reasons for pulling over a motorist on Nov. 10.
The police chief wanted to fire Officer David Andersen but an agreement limited the discipline to 10 days of suspension taken from his annual leave.
Andersen could not be reached for comment. The police association’s attorney, Patrick Emmal, did not return a phone call asking for comment.
Andersen, in a recorded interview with Chief Greg Meinzer and representatives of the Quincy Police Officers Association on Aug. 28, said he told the truth about everything that happened on Nov. 10.
“I’ve had my name stained by lies and accusations, which are not true,” Andersen said in the recorded statement. “I love my job, the community and would never jeopardize losing it all by lying.”
Andersen, 28, had been an officer for the Quincy Police Department for about a year when the traffic stop happened, according to a Wenatchee police report. Meinzer said Andersen came back from administrative leave on Oct. 9.
The suspension came at the end of an internal investigation by the police department. Before that, a separate investigation by Sgt. John Kruse of the Wenatchee Police Department found that there was sufficient evidence to charge Andersen with perjury and official misconduct. In June, Grant County Prosecutor Angus Lee declined to file charges, saying that sufficient evidence does not exist to pursue the charges.
Information on the 10-day suspension was obtained through a public records request by The Wenatchee World. The information was in a settlement agreement signed Oct. 7. The agreement also states that if Andersen violates any department policies in the next three years, he can be terminated.
On Nov. 10, according to Kruse’s report, Andersen made a traffic stop on a vehicle that came out of a storage facility in Quincy shortly after midnight. Andersen validated the stop by saying that he was suspicious of the time and place of the vehicle, and that a ball hitch obstructed the license plate and that a passenger was not wearing a seat belt.
Kruse’s report notes that the ball hitch, when viewed later, did not appear to obstruct the license plate, and that tinted windows appeared to make it difficult for a pursuing officer to tell if someone was wearing a seat belt. A subsequent search warrant, based on Andersen’s statements, found no stolen property inside the vehicle.