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Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 4:38 pm | Updated: 7:24 am, Wed Jun 16, 2010.

The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board will decide Wednesday whether to begin the disciplinary process for two East Valley police officers involved in incidents that ultimately could cause their state law enforcement certifications to be revoked.

Brent Frasier, a former Mesa police officer, was convicted of hit-and-run and providing false information to a police officer, stemming from a crash in December 2008, in which he abandoned his vehicle after crashing it and left his weapons inside, according to Gilbert Municipal Court records. Although Frasier admitted to drinking about two and a half hours after an incident in which he crashed his SUV into a water fountain at Gilbert Town Square, he dodged a DUI charge because authorities were unable to collect sufficient evidence to arrest. The crash happened near Gilbert and Warner roads.

For the offenses, Frasier was sentenced on Dec. 7, 2009 to three years probation, fined $500, required to complete substance abuse counseling and ordered to pay $309 in restitution to a property management company for damaging the water fountain.

Frasier completed all of the requirements of his sentencing from the court, according to court records.

Frasier resigned from the Mesa Police Department in September in the midst of an internal investigation, according to information from AZPOST.

The board alleges that Frasier committed an act of dishonesty, malfeasance of office and diminished the trust in law enforcement.

The board also will decide whether to schedule a hearing in the case of former Chandler police Lt. Shawn Hawkins, who admitted to having sex with a co-worker inside police headquarters and another police department building while on duty, according to AZPOST.

Hawkins, who was married, had an affair with an administrative secretary during 2008, and resigned earlier this year during an internal investigation, according to information from AZPOST.

AZPOST will decide during its Wednesday meeting whether to move forward with Frasier's and Hawkins' cases or dismiss them. If the board decides to move forward with the cases, the former officers can request a hearing and it could take up to several months before any final outcome is determined.

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