Last July, Seattle cop Zsolt Dornay and his brother Dustin were riding

Last July, Seattle cop Zsolt Dornay and his brother Dustin were riding their motorcycles down in Ocean Shores when they got pulled over. A state trooper had watched the Dornays walk out of a pub, hop on their bikes, then peel off at double the 25 MPH speed limit. Zsolt’s eyes were bloodshot and he smelled of booze when he handed over his Seattle Police ID card with a loaded question: “Are you sure you want to do this?”The trooper, apparently unfazed by Zsolt’s attempts to get out of trouble, arrested the two men–not knowing he’d just cuffed the most controversial cop in Seattle.Dornay, 41, is a former amateur boxer, a son of a cop and a 16-year-veteran of the force. But he’s probably best known for what happened in Post Alley four years ago, when a confrontation with an angry mob left him bruised, battered and pictured above.Attempting to rev his way through a post-closing-time crowd, Zsolt got into an argument with a drunk woman who tried to mount his motorcycle. Zsolt pushed the woman into a metal door, enraging a group of men who then beat and kicked the off-duty officer briefly into unconsciousness.When Zsolt awoke he pulled out his service weapon and fired six shots, hitting 52-year-old Seattle attorney James Walker, the woman’s boss, in the stomach. Walker survived, Zsolt was treated for his injuries and no charges were ever filed.In an exhaustive 2008 profile in the P-I, Zsolt was also cited for the severe beating of a drunk man who nearly died four days later from a lacerated spleen and a violent road rage incident in 1995, before he became a cop, in which he chased down a fellow motorist, threatened him with a gun and shoved his face into parking lot cement.Said Zsolt then in one of the few public comments he’s ever made about the trouble that seems to follow him: “Myself and my co-workers have been shot at, punched in the face, slammed to the ground, kicked in the head, bit and spit upon during our investigations and arrests.”Zsolt is likely to face one day in jail and a fine on account of the drunk driving conviction. He was represented in court by his sister, Margita, whose license had only recently been reinstated in June after a three-year suspension for lying under oath.

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