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2 police captains facing charges in DUI cover-up

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Police Department has recommended criminal charges against two high-ranking officers for their alleged roles in the cover-up of a 1998 drunken-driving accident.

The two officers — Capts. James Brady and Joseph DiLacqua — were informed Monday that they faced possible arrest.

A spokesman for the district attorney's office said the matter remained under investigation and declined to comment further.

According to an internal affairs report, Brady was stopped on Feb. 13, 1998, while driving his unmarked patrol car, which had a crumpled front end, an inflated air bag and steam rising from the engine. Brady allegedly had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol.

DiLacqua, then a lieutenant, allegedly ordered another patrolman to move Brady's car to make it look like Brady had swerved to avoid another vehicle, investigators said.

Brady and DiLacqua, who were each given 20-day suspensions, have refused to comment.