Judge nixes request to oust Washougal mayor’s prosecutor
Sean Guard will have another court date set in misdemeanor case
Originally published November 9, 2011 at 5:38 p.m., updated November 9, 2011 at 7:13 p.m.
Washougal Mayor Sean Guard has another court date in his misdemeanor case for allegedly impersonating a police officer.
Cowlitz County Judge Edward Putka on Tuesday afternoon denied Guard’s request to remove the Cowlitz County Prosecutor’s Office from his case, court administrative assistant Molly Martin said Wednesday.
The defense filed another motion on Tuesday, Martin said.
A hearing is set for Dec. 8 at 4 p.m.
Guard’s attorney, Kris Carrasco, argued last week that the prosecutor’s office failed to provide assurance that Aaron Bartlett, a former attorney for Guard and current Cowlitz prosecutor, did not share information about the case with his new co-workers.
Guard entered a not guilty plea July 11 to a charge of second-degree criminal impersonation for allegedly using the emergency lights on his city-owned vehicle to get past slower traffic on Interstate 5 near Kelso on Dec. 24, 2010.