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Records show resigned deputy lied twice about incidents

Associated Press

Grand Rapids – A Kent County Sheriff’s deputy who resigned last month lied about his involvement in a off-duty crash of his car in July, according to public records.

WOOD-TV reports that Kenyatta Weaver Jr. resigned weeks after the July 23 crash in Grand Rapids. A witness told police he saw a car at 12:30 a.m. drive by at a high rate of speed, cross railroad tracks, strike a curb and stall. The driver ran from the scene.

Weaver, who was on a “last-chance” employment agreement because of another off-duty incident last year, initially said he was in bed by 11 p.m. and had presumed the car had been towed from his house. Later he said someone else had driven it but wouldn’t say more.

After a police search of his cellphone, left in the car, showed text messages sent after the accident, Weaver admitted he was returning home from a bar and left the scene when he panicked.

Weaver’s “last-chance” employment condition resulted from lies he told sheriff’s deputies about throwing punches and briefly displaying a gun during a brawl at a mobile home park in June 2019.

Weaver faces traffic charges for careless driving and has pleaded innocent to leaving the scene of an accident.