CLEVELAND, Ohio — A trooper with the State Highway Patrol arrested a Cleveland police officer on suspicion of driving under the influence marking the officer’s second arrest on the same charges in the past five years, according to police and court records.
Robert Sweany, 49, a patrolman in the city’s First District, was placed on restricted duty after his Dec. 20 arrest, Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said.
An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper stopped Sweany about 11:45 p.m. on Interstate 71 in Ashland County, police records say.
Sweany told the trooper he was on his way home to Medina, but the trooper stopped him more than 30 miles southwest of Medina, according to dash cam footage of the traffic stop.
Sweany carried a gun as he drove, and the trooper took it from him once Sweany stepped out of his car, according to the dash cam footage. He was not charged with any offenses related to carrying a weapon while under the influence, court records show.
The trooper who arrested Sweany told him that two people made complaints about his driving, including one caller who saw Sweany get out of his car and urinate outside a store near the highway, according to the dash cam footage.
“You smell like the brewery, you’ve p—-d yourself, we’ve had two calls on you, and you can’t keep between the lines. And as a matter of fact, you can barely talk and your eyes are really glassy,” the trooper told Sweany.
Sweany told the trooper that he got off work about four hours before he was stopped, according to the footage. Sweany also refused field sobriety tests.
He was charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and changing lanes without caution. He’s scheduled for a Jan. 12 court appearance in Ashland Municipal Court, records show.
Sweany pleaded no contest to a driving under the influence charge in 2013, and a Medina Municipal Court judge found him guilty of the offense, records show. He was sentenced to probation in that incident.
Sweany will remain on restricted duty with Cleveland police — where he has no contact with the public — until his criminal case has been adjudicated, according to Ciaccia.
His personnel file was not immediately available for review on Thursday night, but Ciaccia said that Sweany has been disciplined in the past.
Sweany was also charged in 2010 with domestic violence in a Cleveland police case. He later agreed to plead guilty to minor misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and was sentenced to probation, records show.
He was hired as a Cleveland police officer in 2000.
Sweany was one of two officers involved in the shooting of a man who attempted “suicide by cop” in October 2012 on West 97th Street, according to court records and the Plain Dealer’s reporting.
When the man was sentenced in that case, Sweany told Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John Sutula that the shooting continued to negatively affect his life, and that the fallout harmed his family, tarnished his career and caused him wrestle with psychological issues.