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UPDATE: Washougal Mayor Sean Guard now faces misdemeanor criminal charges in connection with using the emergency lights on his city vehicle to pass traffic. If

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Washougal Mayor Sean Guard Pulled Over for Using Emergency Lights to Force Slower Drivers Out of His Way (UPDATE)

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UPDATE: Washougal Mayor Sean Guard now faces misdemeanor criminal charges in connection with using the emergency lights on his city vehicle to pass traffic. If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine, though he'll likely face much less than that.

Guard released an "emarressing" statement about the incident.

He wrote:

"I apologize again to the community and our wonderful staff for creating this emarressing [sic] situation. There is no one to blame but myself for making a poor decision to use my city-assigned vehicle that day."

Guard will be arraigned on July 6.

When the city of Washougal gave Mayor Sean Guard an old police cruiser to drive around in, it wasn't so he could use its emergency lights to be a dickhead.

But when a Washington State Patrol trooper pulled over the mayor, they say it was for doing exactly that.

According to a report in The Columbian on Monday, WSP's version of the events is thus: A WSP trooper sets up ahead of where he's received reports of a douchebag traveling down the road using flashing lights like a cop, despite every other indication of him not being so.

When the trooper pulled the car over, he asked Guard if he was just trying to get folks out of his way, to which the mayor apparently replied: "Yeah. They're in the left lane and they're going under the speed limit."

After that the trooper asked Guard if he was a law-enforcement officer, and the mayor said "No, I'm the mayor."

How slow were the offending drivers going to warrant such goading, you ask? According to Guard himself: 68 miles per hour in a 70 zone.

"The vehicles were traveling under 70 mph. They were going 68 mph. I've worked on the job for several years and understand the law," Guard was quoted as saying in the report.

The Columbian reached Guard on the phone on Monday. The mayor didn't dispute the accusation that he was using the emergency lights like his own personal cattle prod, but rather defended his actions as perfectly reasonable.

Guard said he was driving in the left "passing lane" on Interstate 5. He came up behind a vehicle that was going below the speed limit and had space to move into a lane to the right. When the driver of the other vehicle didn't move, Guard said he flashed his headlights.

Way to go, Mr. Mayor. We imagine you also have a siren that lets you jump in front of everyone in line for a buzz cut at the barbershop, too.

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