Seattle police officers booked Lt. Donnie Lowe into the King County jail Saturday night following a domestic violence call in South Seattle on possible assault charges. And The Seattle Times reports this is not his first brush with the law.
According to a probable cause document, Lowe got into an argument with his wife over their son. Lowe allegedly pushed his wife against the wall and slapped her in the face.
The department said in a statement Sunday a police captain was called to the scene, relieved Lowe of duty and confiscated his gun and badge. Lowe was then booked into the King County Jail.
Lowe, wearing a red inmate uniform, pleaded not guilty in a King County courtroom Monday. He is being represented by attorney John Henry Browne, who has taken on a number of local high profile caes.
Chief John Diaz has asked that another law enforcement agency conduct the investigation into Lowe, although the department said that agency has not been selected yet.
Lowe served as a team leader in Leader section the department's 20/20 vision initiative, which The Seattle Times described as a small, second-level group. The SPD came up with the initiative in the wake of allegeations by the U.S. Justice Department that officers resort to excessive force too often.
The department said Lowe was being relieved of his duties as team leader. His photo and bio have already been removed from the 20/20 website.
The Office of Professional Accountability will monitor the criminal investigation and begin its own administrative investigation once it concludes, the department.
The Seattle Times reports Lowe was arrested in November 2008 on suspicion of DUI on Interstate 5 in Seattle with a blood alcohol level of 0.113 percent. He pleaded guilty to reckless driving, but the charge was dismissed after he completed alcohol-information school, probation, community service and other terms.
He also received a written reprimand for what was described as "inappropriate physical contact" with his 13-year-old son in a jail cell in 2006. The boy had been arrested for allegedly obstructing officers and was handcuffed, The Seattle Times reported.
Lowe also received an oral reprimand after entering someone's home in 2002 to try recovering nude photos of a female relative from a man who had been romantically involved with her, the Seattle Times reports.
Information compiled by KING 5's Travis Pittman