EAST LIVERPOOL - A Steubenville man who claimed to be a police officer when picked up by a trooper from the Lisbon highway patrol post was back in East Liverpool Municipal Court this week.
Terry G. Weyand Jr., 24, Lovers Lane, was charged April 14 with OVI, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and a marked lanes violation after he allegedly failed to move over for a patrol cruiser which had another vehicle pulled off the berm of state Route 7 south of East Liverpool.
In court this week, Weyand's attorney Chris Amato presented a written "not guilty" plea for his client.
A pretrial was set for 10:45 a.m. May 14. Recognizance bond of $1,000 had been set previously.
When stopped on Shadyside Avenue the day of his arrest, Weyand reportedly advised the trooper, "I'm a cop. I would give you a break. Can't you let me go? I'll just disappear."
Inquiries with several police departments in Ohio and in West Virginia failed to turn up Weyand on their employee rosters, although he was interviewed by East Liverpool Police Department after passing a Civil Service exam for patrolman last year.
A captain with the Wells Township Police Department in Brilliant, Ohio, confirmed Tuesday that Weyand had worked there "in the past," but declined to comment when asked how recently he had been employed at the department.
Although the initial report by Trooper D.M. Brown indicated a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle was pending against Weyand, the court had no record of additional charges this week.
When stopped, he was driving a vehicle with a female passenger whose husband owned the vehicle. When asked if Weyand had permission to drive it, the Columbiana man told Brown he did not, according to reports.