Sgt. Scott Moss, a Seattle police sergeant, was arrested April 3, 2011 on suspicion of drinking and driving, his second such arrest in six years.
Sgt. Moss was driving north on Interstate 405 near Newcastle when he was pulled over at 5:05 a.m., said Trooper Cliff Pratt, a spokesman for the State Patrol.
Moss, 41, was driving his personal vehicle, a blue Jeep Cherokee, and a trooper saw it drifting back and forth between the far right lane and the freeway’s shoulder, Pratt said. The trooper smelled intoxicants after approaching Moss, a 16-year veteran of the department who served as a department public-information officer several years ago. Moss’ blood alcohol content (BAC) was measured at .069 and .075 percent, according to Pratt. Though that was below the legal limit of 0.08, Pratt noted that the tests weren’t performed until well over 1 Â½ hours after Moss’ arrest, though the reason for the delay was not immediately known. He did identify himself as a police officer, Pratt said. Throughout the whole thing Scott was courteous and polite, and toward the end of it he was apologetic for the situation.
Moss, who is assigned to the West Precinct, was taken to the Issaquah City Jail for processing, then released to a Seattle police commander, Pratt said. Police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb confirmed that the department’s Office of Professional Accountability has opened an investigation as a result of the arrest. Moss has not been reassigned and continues to work as a patrol sergeant, he said. Moss was arrested in 2005 in Bremerton on investigation of DUI, a charge later amended to first-degree negligent driving. After his arrest, Moss was removed from his job as a department spokesman.
In March 2009, Moss was charged with second-degree assault, accused of cutting his wife’s thumb with a kitchen knife during an argument, according to court records. A King County Superior Court jury acquitted Moss of that charge.
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