UHP troopers arrest Mantua Police Chief for suspected DUI

The Mantua City Police Chief has been cited for driving under the influence after being pulled over Tuesday night near Wellsville. Shane Zilles was arrested and ticketed following a traffic stop.

A press release from the Utah Highway Patrol stated, troopers observed a Mantua City Police vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on US 89/91 at about 5 p.m. The car did not have its emergency lights or siren activated.

As troopers approached the speeding vehicle, they observed it swerving within its lane of travel and initiated a traffic stop near mile marker 18. The single occupant driver was identified as Chief Zilles. He reportedly cooperated in performing Standard Field Sobriety Tests.

Troopers determined Zilles was in violation of the DUI-Drug Statute and placed him under arrest. He continued to cooperate with troopers and consented to a blood draw.

Afterwards, he began to experience a “medical condition” and was transported to the hospital for treatment. While there, troopers cited Zilles and released him to a family member.

UHP Lt. Lee Perry said his trooper’s acted exactly how they should have, regardless of Zilles’ position. He explained that it is common practice for individuals placed under arrest that require medical testing and observation, to be released to a family member.

Zilles has been chief of police in Mantua since 2016. Prior to his appointment, he served as a deputy for the Cache County Sheriff’s Office, where he was named deputy of the year in 2015.


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