A Seattle Department of Transportation official has been fined $300 for putting a police sticker on the back of his family vehicle.
Joseph Benavides said he admitted the infraction to the city’s Ethics and Elections Commission, even though he doesn’t think he did anything wrong.
Benavides, head of the city’s traffic signs and marking shop, said Monday that he was cleaning out his shop and spotted some defective stickers, including those with the Seattle Police Department logo.
He wanted to know how they would stand up in the weather, so he said he stuck one on his SUV window last November as an experiment. When his supervisor told him it was inappropriate, he peeled it off on Dec. 16.
Benavides said he was reported to the ethics office by a whistle-blower.