Patrol Changes Investigation Involving Major


The Ohio State Highway Patrol on Tuesday changed what it had called a "pending" investigation to a management review to investigate a retiring major who was stripped of his command last week.

Supervisors relieved Maj. Robert Booker of his duties as it planned to investigate his handling of a suspected drug case that involved the Governor's Residence, 10 Investigates reported.

The patrol had a plan to arrest a woman who was thought to be planning a drug drop at the residence, but Ohio Public Safety Director Cathy Collins-Taylor decided to cancel the sting and warn the woman instead.

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Records obtained by 10 Investigates showed that Booker followed Collins-Taylor's order.

Unlike an administrative investigation, the Ohio State Highway Patrol cannot discipline Booker solely based on the management review.

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