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Originally published Monday, August 12, 2013 at 7:52 PM

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Officer charged with off-duty DUI pleads guilty to lesser charge

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A Seattle police officer originally charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence was sentenced Friday to two days in jail, with 362 days suspended, after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving, according to the Seattle City Attorney’s Office.

The officer, Marie Gochnour, and a second officer, Sean Moore, were off duty Dec. 17 when they were arrested after a 911 caller reported a car had hit a pole near First Avenue South and South Lander Street in Sodo.

According to a police statement, Gochnour allegedly stopped the Nissan Altima in the middle of the street and switched places with Moore, who was sitting in the passenger seat.

Both officers were found in Gochnour’s car.

Gochnour registered a breath-alcohol content (BAC) of 0.234 percent and 0.247 percent, according to the City Attorney’s Office. Moore’s breath tests measured at 0.161 and 0.149 percent. The state’s legal limit is 0.08 percent.

During BAC testing, Gochnour cursed at the arresting officer, acted in an aggressive manner and gave him the middle finger, according to a police report.

Gochnour and Moore were charged in March with misdemeanor driving under the influence, according to the City Attorney’s Office.

The city would not normally offer a reduced charge for this type of case, according to Kimberly Mills, spokeswoman for the City Attorney’s Office. However, the city had significant proof problems, including not being able to locate the 911 caller for trial.

Moore is scheduled for trial on Sept. 3, Mills said.

A department internal investigation has been on hold while the criminal case was progressing.

Paige Cornwell: 206-464-2517 or pcornwell@seattletimes.comInformation from Seattle Times archives is included in this report.

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