Vancouver police officer pleads guilty to obstruction charges

first_imgA Vancouver police officer was sentenced Thursday in Camas-Washougal Municipal Court to 10 days of community service and a fine of $746 for obstructing Washougal police officers who were investigating him in November for suspected drunken driving.Jeremy Free, 40, of Washougal also will be required to serve two years of bench probation.He pleaded guilty Thursday in front of Judge John Hagensen to two counts of gross misdemeanor obstructing law enforcement. As part of a plea deal with Free, Washougal City Attorney Scott Russon dismissed a charge of first-degree negligent driving and a traffic citation for failure to stop at a stop sign.Free entered an Alford plea, a legal maneuver in which he did not admit guilt but acknowledged there was enough evidence for a jury to convict him.“He thought he had a right to do exactly what he did,” said Jon McMullen, Free’s attorney. “The Washougal Police Department felt they were doing the right thing.”Free’s conviction will trigger an internal administrative review by the Vancouver Police Department to determine the future of his employment, said department spokeswoman Kim Kapp.last_img read more