A former Akron police officer claimed that he "should not be treated like everybody else" when he was arrested for suspected drunken driving last weekend in Cuyahoga Falls.
James Anthony, citing his lengthy law enforcement career, also insinuated that Akron police would have cut him a break, according to the arresting officer.
Anthony's comments are described in a supplemental arrest report detailing the Sunday night incident. Anthony, 53, who was fired from his Akron job earlier this year, and his wife were stopped after a caller reported shortly after 7 p.m. that the couple were arguing and appeared intoxicated in the parking lot of the Marc's store on State Road.
Police caught up with the couple outside their residence on Timber Ridge and Anthony was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence. The two admitted to drinking at a graduation party at a winery, police records say.
Officer Cody Hudak wrote that Anthony wanted to be treated differently than the average citizen.
"James states that he has been a police officer for 23 years and therefore he should be given professional courtesy and should not be treated like everybody else," Hudak wrote in the report.
He later wrote that "James also stated that we were on the same team and therefore I should have used officer discretion when dealing with the whole situation. ... As James was leaving the station, he stated, 'I guess common courtesy is different in the Falls then [sic] in Akron.' "
Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards said Friday that Akron police officers do not receive preferential treatment.
"We don't treat our officers any different than we treat any other other citizen," Edwards said. "They are treated just like every other citizen who would get stopped [by police]."
Anthony, a 23-year veteran of the Akron police force, was fired in February for violating the police department's rules for social media use. He made a controversial comment on his private Facebook page questioning why Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan hasn't been "offed," prompting media coverage and a public outcry.
He is no longer an officer with Akron police but has filed an arbitration complaint against the city, city spokeswoman Ellen Lander Nischt said.
Anthony is scheduled to appear in Cuyahoga Falls Mayor's Court at 2 p.m. May 20.
An attorney for Anthony couldn't be reached for comment.