Lt. Donnie Lowe was charged in June with domestic violence assault and ordered to stay away from his wife, who was involved in the case. Police say in August, Lowe was stopped in Seattle and his wife was believed to be a passenger in the car.
The assault charge was the one of which Lowe was acquitted Tuesday in Seattle Municipal Court.
The other charge for the no-contact order is also a misdemeanor and a pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22.
Lowe has a troubled history with the department. In 2008 he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after police said he blew a 0.113 on a breath test. The Seattle Times reported he also was reprimanded for inappropriate dealings with his son in a holding cell and over his effort to retrieve nude photographs of a relative.
Despite his DUI case at the time, Lowe was allowed to travel to Washington, D.C., to work as security for President Barack Obama's inauguration.
According to the police report from earlier this year, Lowe and his wife of 10 years got into an argument at their home. The argument escalated, and police alleged Lowe pushed her against the wall and slapped her. Investigators said two witnesses had to pull Lowe off of his wife and that alcohol was on his breath.
The woman refused medical treatment, refused to give a statement and told officers, "I don't want him to go to jail," according to the police report. All of the witnesses also refused to give a written statement, they said.
Lowe had been in the leadership section of the SPD's 20/20 reform plan, but was removed from that assignment. The Office of Professional Accountability is expected to investigate Lowe's domestic violence case once the criminal case is completed, which is standard procedure.