LITTLE ROCK — A state trooper has lost his job for conduct unbecoming an officer, the state police said Tuesday.

LITTLE ROCK — A state trooper has lost his job for conduct unbecoming an officer, the state police said Tuesday.

Cpl. Tom Weindruch of Yellville was terminated last week, effective immediately, after demonstrating "a pattern of unprofessional behavior and poor judgment that shows an inability to conform to the standards of conduct expected of a commissioned officer of the Arkansas State Police," according to a state police letter informing Weindruch of his termination.

Weindruch has until Saturday to appeal the decision in writing to the director of the state police.

Weindruch could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday. No one answered the telephone at his residence in Yellville and in Sherwood, where he reportedly moved, he had no listing.

The state police action followed two incidents. In one, Weindruch was cited for violation of the agency’s rules of conduct for posting on Facebook that state Rep. Andy Mayberry, R-Hensley, was a "fool" for trying to mandate a football game between the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State.

Separately, Weindruch was cited for ordering a Flippin High School custodian outside a school building and detaining him for 20 to 30 minutes pending an investigation of driving a school vehicle on school property for trash pick-up. The officer released the custodian only after he spoke with the superintendent, but not before calling a local unit for assistance. The custodian felt embarrassed, humiliated and threatened by Weindruch’s actions, investigators said.

The agency’s Command Staff Review Board determined that the officer’s actions were illegal and unprofessional.

Weindruch has a history of violations dating back to eight days prior to graduating from troop school, when he was reprimanded for exhibiting rage in a traffic stop.

He also received a letter of warning in January 2005 for parking in a handicap parking space in a marked state police vehicle.

On October 30, 2006, he received another letter of reprimand after he was found to have been abusive, intimidating and accusatory to bystanders at an accident scene.

Weindruch was given a two-day suspension without pay and a disciplinary transfer from Highway Patrol, Troop A to Administrative Services for improper conduct in March 2008 after an investigation into his Dec. 10, 2007, arrest of a reporter for Central Arkansas newspapers owned by Stephens Media, which also owns the Arkansans News Bureau.

No charges were brought against the reporter, who was trying to photograph a Maumelle house fire when Weindruch arrested him.