Pacific police chief acquitted

  • Tue Feb 3rd, 2009 4:33am
  • News

Pacific Police Chief John Calkins was acquitted of driving under the influence of alcohol Thursday.

Calkins was stopped Aug. 5 by a Bonney Lake police officer on the eastbound offramp to Sumner-Tapps Highway from state route 410 and charged with DUI.

A “finding of facts” document provided by Bonney Lake Municipal Court stated a witness reported the car driven by Calkins was “all over the road.”

The responding officer reported smelling “a moderate odor of alcohol” on Calkins’ breath and noticing his face was flush and his eyes were watery. Calkins refused a field sobriety test at the scene. He breathes through a surgical opening in his throat due to treatment for cancer of the larynx and was unable to produce a valid breath test after two attempts. He refused to give a blood sample.

At a Nov. 3 hearing Calkins’ attorney Ken Fornabai unsuccessfully requested the judge to suppress evidence of the chief’s refusal of a field sobriety test and blood test and dismiss the case.

Reach Chaz Holmes at cholmes@courierherald.com or 360-802-8208.