The incident happened Sept. 16 at CenturyLink Field after the friend, who is a Bellevue utilities employee, tossed a beer cup in front of an officer.
The officer asked her to pick it up.
The utilities workers and the Bellevue officers responded by surrounding the Seattle cop and swearing at her.
Shortly after that incident, a fan with his family inside the stadium complained to security about the officers' language. The utilities officer described her friends as "Bellevue's finest," and sugguested that the fan who complained be careful when driving in Bellevue. The three were asked to leave CenturyLink.
One of the officers, Andy Hanke, drove home under the influence of alcohol, police learned after an internal investigation. But because he wasn't stopped and because there was no forensic evidence, it was not clear how intoxicated he was.
Still police determined he drove while drunk and so iolated the department's obedience of laws policy.
Corporal Dion Robertson was demoted from his supervisory role with the bomb squad to an officer's position. Police said that resulted in a "significant annual loss in pay."
Hanke was given 30 days suspension from duty without pay and was removed from the bomb squad, also resulting in what a police spokeswoman as "significant loss in annual wages."
Both officers were found to have violated policies for personal conduct and behavior, investigators said. A woman detective who was with the group was cleared of allegations.
"I am convinced that these officers have learned a very hard lesson and their actions in the future will always meet the high standards of behavior that the Bellevue community rightfully demands of their police. The discipline given to these officers is firm yet fair", said Police Chief Linda Pillo.
"After the media's description of the events, some citizens demanded I terminate these officers," Pillo said. "Once the facts were uncovered through a comprehensive administrative investigation conducted by the Office of Professional Standards regarding the off-duty alleged conduct, it was clear their actions, although embarrassing and disheartening, did not rise to the level of termination."
Pillo said the officer who drove under the influence and the officer who used profane language while being described as Bellevue's finest "have learned a very hard lesson," and believed their behavior would change. Robertson wrote a brief, two-paragraph statement saying he was "completely out of line" and that his behavior was inexcusable. Hanke also released a brief statement saying his behavior "was inappropriate, disrespectful and lacked the professionalism you expect from me in my position."