CACHE COUNTY, Utah, Jan. 30, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The Mantua City Chief of Police was arrested Tuesday evening for allegedly driving under the influence in a patrol vehicle.
A news release from the Utah Highway Patrol said that troopers in Cache County observed a Mantua City Police vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed without its emergency lights or siren activated, at approximately 5 p.m.
As troopers approached the speeding vehicle, they observed it struggling to maintain its lane, the news release said. A traffic stop was initiated at about mile marker 18 on State Route 91, where troopers identified the single occupant driver of the patrol vehicle to be Mantua City Police Chief Shane Zilles.
“The chief cooperated with troopers in performing Standard Field Sobriety Tests,” the news release said. “Troopers determined the Chief to be in violation of the DUI-Drug Statute and subsequently placed him under arrest. He continued to cooperate with Troopers and consented to a blood draw.”
Following the blood draw, he was taken to the hospital due to concern for a medical condition.
Troopers cited and released Zilles at the hospital, which is common practice for individuals placed under arrest that require medical testing and observation, the news release said.
Mantua City is approximately four miles east of Brigham City.