Two Moline police captains who were with Police Chief John Hitchcock when he was cited for drunk driving in September have been suspended for five days because they did not prevent him from driving while impaired.
Hitchcock was stopped the evening of Sept. 7 by an Iowa State Patrol trooper who clocked him going 90 mph in a 65-mph zone near mile marker 131 on southbound U.S. 61 in Scott County. Hitchcock was taken to the Eldridge Police Department, where a test recorded his blood alcohol content at .201, according to reports.
As a result of the stop, Hitchcock has been cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, first offense, and speeding.
Capt. Trevor Fisk and Capt. Brian Johnson were with Hitchcock at the time of the traffic stop, according to the city.
The captains witnessed the chief drinking and should have stopped him from driving, Doug Maxeiner, Moline city administrator, said Wednesday in a news release.
"I find discipline is warranted for the failure of the captains to act to prevent Hitchcock from operating a motor vehicle while impaired," he said in the release.
There was no indication the captains broke any laws or that they attempted to influence the trooper or the legal system because of their positions as police officers, the release said. There was no consumption of alcohol in the vehicle, according to the release.
While they did not act when needed during this incident, Fisk and Johnson cooperated during the stop and following the investigation, and were remorseful and forthcoming, Maxeiner said.
"I am confident both Fisk and Johnson will continue to be effective in their leadership roles in the city," Maxeiner said.
Hitchcock also cooperated during the stop, and there is also no indication he attempted to influence the trooper or the investigation, the release stated.
A ruling on Hitchcock's status was still pending Wednesday.
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