Glouster Police Chief Arrested
The Chief of Police of Glouster is charged with two felony counts of Obstruction of Justice.
Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn says Luke Mace was arrested as a result of a joint operation by the Athens County Sheriff's Office, the Athens Police Department, and the Ohio University Police Department.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted in the investigation.
Blackburn said they received a tip about the police chief prior to this investigation. The tipster said there was reason to be concerned about the police chief.
Friday, the Athens Sheriff's Office, Athens Police and OU Police conducted a joint traffic enforcement and warrant round up.
At 2:00 p.m., Blackburn says authorities became aware of a specific criminal violation made by Chief Mace regarding an arrest warrant they were working on.
Blackburn says Ohio BCI was contacted around 4:00 p.m.
A search warrant at the Glouster Police Station lasted several hours Friday night. Blackburn said the Glouster mayor helped by letting them into the police chief's locked office.
Authorities collected cell phones and computers to analyze.
Chief Mace was arrested and charged around 10:00 p.m. He was taken to the Washington County Jail Friday night.
His first court appearance is Tuesday. A grand jury will likely meet the same day and more charges could be filed.
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