The pre-trial hearing for Washougal Mayor Sean Guard has been continued to Thursday, Oct. 6, in Cowlitz County District Court.
It had been scheduled for Aug. 31 — the same day that Guard’s new attorney Jeffrey Barrar filed a notice of appearance. Guard’s previous attorney Aaron Bartlett has served as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Cowlitz County since Sept. 1.
Another former defense attorney Luka Vitasovic entered a plea of not guilty on Guard’s behalf with the Cowlitz County District Court clerk July 5. Guard faces a charge of second degree criminal impersonation.
The jury trial has been rescheduled to Oct. 21. Guard could face zero to 365 days in jail, and the maximum fine for a gross misdemeanor is $5,000.
He was stopped by a State Patrol trooper on Dec. 24, 2010, along I-5 near Kelso. The trooper responded to a dispatch issued after someone called 911 about a person who was using emergency lights in order to get slower traffic to move out of the left lane.