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Ethics panel: Agawam officer broke conflict of interest law

January 5, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — The state Ethics Commission has ruled that an Agawam police lieutenant violated state conflict of interest law by giving preferential treatment to another Agawam officer who was suspected of driving drunk.

The commission on Tuesday ordered Lt. Edward McGovern to pay a $7,500 civil penalty.

The commission said the other officer’s vehicle was seen driving the wrong way on Route 5 in West Springfield in June 2012.

The commission said McGovern observed the other officer “as incoherent, intoxicated and drunk,” but when told there were no witnesses and no charges pending, decided not to arrest her or issue a citation.

McGovern has 30 days to pay the penalty or file an appeal. McGovern’s attorney tells WWLP-TV that he plans to appeal.

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