State Highway Patrol Not Commenting On Incident With Trooper

POSTED BY: News Department
Friday, June 6, 2003 - 12:57 PM
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The Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol is not commenting much on the criminal investigation concerning one of its troopers. The State Headquarters of the Patrol and the Muskingum County Prosecutor’s Office are reviewing the case involving Trooper Jennifer DeLong and Zanesville resident Melody Butts. The incident occurred on May 28th. Trooper DeLong approached Butts at her home with a traffic citation. After a verbal altercation, Butts was maced, arrested, and spent the night in jail. Butts was released with no charges filed against her. However the State Highway Patrol may still charge her with a felony count of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, and failure to comply with a lawful order of a police officer. Butts claims she was unlawfully imprisoned. She has hired a Columbus attorney to represent her. According to Lt. Barry Donley with the Zanesville Post, this is still a pending criminal investigation and specific details cannot be released. Donley did say that Trooper DeLong’s job responsibilities have changed due to the incident.

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