Ex-Mantua police chief arrested again; following termination last year for DUI charges

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Ex-Mantua police chief arrested again; following termination last year for DUI charges. (Cache County)

Mantua Mayor Michael Johnson terminated the city's police chief, Shane Zilles, last April after the officer pleaded guilty to driving under the influence while in his patrol vehicle in Jan. 2019.

New court documents obtained by 2News shows Zilles was arrested again for similar crimes he committed on Feb. 6. The former police chief was booked into Cache County Jail on charges of driving under the influence, five counts of possession of a controlled substance, and driving on a suspended/revoked license.

Zilles was arrested on Jan. 29, 2019, with reckless driving and DUI after being pulled over driving recklessly in Cache County. The Utah Department of Public Safety released public records associated with the stop and arrest of Zilles from last year.

A few months later in April 2019, Mayor Johnson released an official statement pertaining to the termination of Zilles as police chief of Mantua:

Chief Zilles has been terminated. We wish to commend the Utah Highway Patrol for the professional manner in which they handled a difficult situation. It is always unpleasant when called upon to take such action against another police officer. We also hope that Mr. Zilles can work his way thru this tough time and find a better path in the future. It appears that prescription meds have claimed another good person's reputation. We are so thankful that no property was damaged and no people were injured in this unfortunate situation.

Zilles is now held on two bonds totaling more than $12K. More information about the original arrest that led to his termination can be found here.