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A look at Agawam police's alleged 'preferential treatment'

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AGAWAM, MA (WSHM) -

On June 29, 2012 on Route 5 near the Agawam/West Springfield line police pulled a car over going the wrong way.

The car's driver was Agawam police Officer Danielle Petrangelo.

Officers said Petrangelo was "drunk" and "intoxicated."

Her car had front-end damage because she hit a guardrail.

Officers called their supervisor, Lt. Edward Mcgovern, to Route 5 because one of their own was involved.

Petrangelo asked several times if she was going to be arrested. Officers told her McGovern would make the decision whether she would be charged.

McGovern ordered officers to take her back to her Agawam home.

McGovern also had officers bring her car to Agawam Police Department Headquarters.

Petrangelo was never charged in connection to that incident.

Petrangelo was on leave because of a May incident where she accidentally shot an unarmed pregnant woman.

Officers are worried Petrangelo suffered from post traumatic stress disorder because of the shooting and said she may have a drinking problem.

Officers never interviewed Petrangelo for the report because a doctor said she wasn't physically and psychologically able to do an interview.

Petrangelo was fired from the force in November after an internal investigation into the shooting incident.

Police say her firing is not related to the driving incident.

There is no indication if any other members of the department have been disciplined because of the driving incident.

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