St. Joseph County Councilman Heath Weaver spent the night in jail, after being arrested for resisting law enforcement and public intoxication.
Weaver was a passenger in a car that was stopped by police for suspicion of drunk driving late Saturday night.
Weaver was arrested for allegedly interfering in the investigation.
Weaver is also accused of making statements that police found threatening both at the scene and at the jail.
“During the conversation at the booking desk, he on a few occasions, said that I will have you fired,” said St. Joseph County Sheriff Frank Canarecci.
At the point where the police made their traffic stop in the 300 block of North Hickory in Mishawaka, Weaver allegedly “stated that he was an acquaintance of prosecutor Dvorak and that made inferences that that should somehow effect the way the case was treated,” said Capt. Phil Trent of the South Bend Police.
On the standard jail booking sheet inmates are asked to name their “nearest relative.”
On Weavers, he lists Butch Morgan, the Chairman of St. Joseph County’s Democratic Party.
According to Sheriff Canarecci, “anyone who comes into this facility whether they be a Senator or a homeless individual gets treated the same.”
In a written statement Weaver issued a public apology to the community and to the officer.
The entire statement reads as follows:
On Saturday April 28th, 2007, I was a passenger in a vehicle subsequently stopped by a law enforcement officer. While the driver was being detained and questioned by a police officer, I attempted to discuss the situation with an assisting police officer, who requested I return to the vehicle. I did not immediately comply and instead asked if I might discuss the matter with him. As a community leader and former military police officer, I think it is important that people know that when an officer gives you a directive there should be immediate compliance. For the safety of all involved, it is not the time to exercise your debating skills. I apologize to the community and the police officer. This situation will not happen again.
Weaver was arrested after he refused to remain seated in the car that was involved in the traffic stop.
In the name of safety, police policy requires any passengers to remain inside vehicles while drivers are being investigated.
Last fall, Weaver campaigned with County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak.
As a result, a request has been filed in court for a special prosecutor to review Weaver’s case.
A special prosecutor from Fort Wayne will eventually decide whether formal charges will be filed.