Two accused of breaking department rules

Updated: November 18, 2003, 10:05 PM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Two police officers face disciplinary hearings stemming from an internal investigation that began after the arrest of Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair on drunken driving charges, Metro Nashville Police said Tuesday.

Officer Jeb Johnston is accused of dishonesty and other violations. Specifically, he is accused of denying he ever asked another officer to release McNair so Johnston could take him home immediately after the player was arrested May 22.

The other officer, Shawn Taylor, is accused of giving McNair a breath test even after the player refused to submit to one. Police said this violated department policy.

Both officers deny breaking department rules.

McNair has been fighting the charges, and his case has been turned over to a grand jury.

He also was charged with possessing a handgun while intoxicated. He has a permit for the 9 mm handgun, but an intoxicated person cannot legally carry a loaded weapon.

The internal investigation began after Taylor testified at McNair's preliminary hearing last month that Johnston had told other officers at a roll call that if anyone pulled over a Titans player, they should call him and he would pick them up. That would keep the player from facing any criminal charges.

Afterward, acting Chief Deborah Faulkner said the department does not have a policy of giving special treatment to celebrities of any kind.

Johnston faces a 15-day suspension and Taylor a 10-day suspension. Both have been recommended for transfer from the traffic section of the department by their commander.

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