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ONLY ON 9: Case of Weirton patrolman driving on suspended license moving forward

Updated: Tuesday, August 19 2014, 11:02 AM EDT

"These are pretty straight forward,” he said, “either you're suspended or you're not."

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HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va. – It’s a case involving a damaged cruiser, a Weirton police officer, and a suspended license. And it stems from an accident that took place near Weir Avenue and Cove Road in late July.
Across the river in Steubenville sits a smashed up patrol vehicle outside a local garage, but it's not the SUV that's garnering attention. It's the man that was behind the wheel -- patrolman Robert Ryan -- who was driving on a suspended license at the time of the accident.
"The initial information we have is that it appeared that there was a (driver’s license) suspension issue out of North Carolina based upon failure to respond to a ticket that was received,” Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney James Davis. “It looks like the state of West Virginia issued their suspension sometime in March."
Once the case was moved to magistrate court, Davis began reviewing it.
"These are pretty straight forward,” he said, “either you're suspended or you're not."
Davis says everything stems from that ticket in North Carolina -- a traffic violation.
"Documents would have been sent probably initially from North Carolina and then from our Department of Motor Vehicles, giving him a time frame to comply prior to suspending the license."
Davis says the county won't change its stance based on Ryan's occupation and only spoke briefly about the city's next move.
"A lot of that is going to be for the city to deal with,” he said. “From our perspective, it's a driving suspended administrative, which is a $100-$500 fine."
Officials with the Weirton Police Department say Ryan has been put on light duty, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
Davis says Ryan's matter will be resolved when he pays what he owes -- both to the state of North Carolina and West Virginia.
    

ONLY ON 9: Case of Weirton patrolman driving on suspended license moving forward


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