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Two accused of breaking department rules

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.