An Agawam police lieutenant is being accused of violating state conflict of interest laws after how he responded to a drunk driving accident involving one of the city's police officers.
It happened in June 2012 when then-officer Danielle Petrangelo was stopped after hitting a guard rail on route 5, driving the wrong way near the Agawam West Springfield border.
According to an internal affairs report released at the time, Petrangelo was visibly drunk.
Instead of being taken to the department, the report says that Lt. Edward McGovern told officers simply to bring her home.
Police had said she was not in a good emotional state because of an incident she had been involved with prior, in which she accidentally shot a pregnant woman at a domestic call she was responding to.
She was later removed from the department for that shooting.
The Enforcement Division of the State Ethics Commission says that McGovern should have followed normal procedures, stating:
"The OTSC alleges that McGovern's decision to direct officers to take the driver home without taking any other action was unreasonable under the circumstances, and allowed the driver to avoid potential criminal and civil consequences, such as the loss of her driver's license, monetary penalties and/or incarceration."
The mayor's office says they have not been officially notified and have no comment at this time.
A hearing on the matter will be held in the next 90 days.
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