Phoenix officer accused of pointing gun at driver pleads guilty to disorderly conduct
Jeremy Sweet By Catherine Holland
PHOENIX -- A Phoenix police officer accused of threatening a driver with a gun during a traffic altercation has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.
Jeremy Sweet entered his plea Thursday. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 26.
Sweet was arrested in October after police said he pointed a gun at former state lawmaker Armando Ruiz near Central Avenue and Lincoln Street.
Sweet was operating an unmarked police vehicle and transporting six prisoners to jail at the time.
Ruiz told police that he honked when Sweet's van cut him off.
Ruiz said he then tried to move over to the right of Sweet's van and that's when Sweet tried to ram him, chased him, cut him off and then pointed a gun at him, telling him to be careful whom he honks at next time.
"[Sweet's] justification for this was indicating that someone may be trying to ram or cut him off to take a prisoner from his vehicle," said Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump.
Sweet was booked on one count of aggravated assault.
Sweet was hired by the Phoenix Police Department on July 16, 2007, and was assigned to the Department's Central Booking Detail at the time this incident occurred.