Hearing continued for Gary cop who had almost 50 pounds of pot in car
Post-Tribune staff report April 23, 2013 4:32PM
Marla Guye, Gary Police officer. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 25, 2013 6:19AM
GARY — One hour and five minutes into Patrolman Marla Guye’s disciplinary hearing, Internal Affairs Division Lt. Jeff Trevino’s testimony came to a halt.
City attorneys Schenell McClendon and Al Boswell had failed to provide Guye and her attorney with the recording made Friday when Trevino questioned her on her Oct. 23 arrest in Oklahoma. Police found 48 pounds of marijuana in a suitcase she shared with her boyfriend.
“I request a continuance,” Scott King said, telling Daryl Jones, the hearing officer assigned to the case by the Gary Police Civil Service Commission, that he wanted a copy of the interview and time to review it before beginning his cross examination. Jones agreed to both.
At the opening of the hearing, King asked for a continuance, saying Guye’s boyfriend had provided a statement exonerating his client of involvement in the drug trafficking. He said Terrance Gee could not testify in the civil matter until his criminal charges are resolved because it would compromise his right against self-incrimination. He argued that the commission proceedings should be suspended until Guye’s charges are addressed. “The presumption of innocence applies, even for police officers,” King said.
Until the interruption in testimony, city attorneys had focused on the events leading to Guye’s arrest in Chandler, Okla. with Gee. Oklahoma State Police stopped the couple’s rented Ford Escape for a traffic violation, determined that they appeared nervous, then asked for permission to search the SUV.
Guye and Gee are out on bond.
Chief Wade Ingram asked the police commission to fire Guye, charging her with violating commission rules and standard operating procedures.
The morning Guye was arrested in Oklahoma, she was scheduled to begin work. She did not report off, even though she was 800 miles from home. She is charged with conduct unbecoming a police officer, involvement in the commission of a felony and being absent without leave.