Washougal mayor's trial delayed

By Ray Legendre, Columbian staff writer

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Updated: October 6, 2011, 9:10 PM

 

Washougal Mayor Sean Guard’s misdemeanor trial in Cowlitz County on a charge of impersonating a police officer has been postponed, a court official said.

Judge Edward Putka scheduled a Nov. 3 motion hearing for Guard during a readiness hearing Thursday afternoon, said Molly Martin, an administrative assistant for Cowlitz County District Court.

The new motion date means Guard’s Oct. 21 trial will be moved back to a later date. The reason for the delay was not immediately clear Thursday afternoon, Martin said, noting court was still in session.

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.

Vancouver-based attorney Jeffrey Barrar represents Guard, according to court records.