Conflict of interest alleged against Agawam Police Lieutenant

Police failed to arrest or cite an off-duty Agawam Police Sargeant who appeared to be drunk

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – The State Ethics Commission has found that an Agawam Police Lieutenant violated the state conflict of interest laws after police failed to arrest or cite an off-duty Agawam police officer who appeared to be drunk during a traffic stop two years ago.

West Springfield police had stopped the driver on Route 5 just over the Agawam line. They said she appeared intoxicated. Agawam Police Lt. Edward McGovern was called to the traffic stop.

According to the State Ethics Commission “show cause” document, McGovern instructed one of the officers to take the driver home in a police cruiser. The document says McGovern instructed the other officer to bring her personal car back to the police parking lot. He did not order field sobriety tests or a breathalyzer.

After reviewing the facts, the district attorney wrote a letter to the Agawam Police Department saying the driver received “preferential treatment” because she was a police officer. The State Ethics Commission writes that “it was unreasonable for police not to cite or arrest the driver… since she had been stopped for driving the wrong way on a major road.”

The State Ethics Commission is asking that Lt. McGovern be fined for violating state conflict of interest laws.

See a copy of the State Ethics Commission’s petition below:

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