Agawam Police LT. denies ethics commission accusations

Ethics Commission hearing scheduled for January

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – A 22News I-Team follow-up now on an Order to Show Cause issued by the State Ethics Commission against an Agawam Police Lieutenant. The I-Team is first with this new information.

The 22News I-Team has received Agawam Police Lieutenant Edward McGovern’s response to the State Ethics Commission conflict of interest law complaint filed against him.

In 2012, police stopped former Agawam police officer Danielle Petrangelo driving the wrong way on Route 5 in Agawam.  According to reports the I-Team previously obtained, an officer described her as intoxicated, but she never received a ticket.

The District Attorney at the time claimed she received “preferential treatment” from the Agawam police department, as she was not charged with a crime.

 The State Ethics Commission accused Lt. McGovern of instructing a police officer to take her home and that he did not instruct officers to conduct a sobriety test, or place Petrangelo under arrest, among other accusations.

He denied all of the facts of the case pertaining to the night of the incident or that he used his position as Lieutenant to help out the former officer.

McGovern’s hearing in front of the ethics commission is currently scheduled for January. Stay with 22News for the latest developments on this complaint.

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