Officer towed car without permission

Reuben Shaw

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The Warren police officer placed on administrative leave Tuesday towed a vehicle to property he owns without the owner’s permission while on duty, according to a letter from Warren’s police chief obtained by WKBN.

Police Chief Eric Merkel, writing to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, said Officer Reuben Shaw, while uniformed and on-duty, towed the vehicle without permission from the owner.

Merkel wrote the incident was a “potentially criminal matter.”

The letter Merkel sent asked BCI to investigate the incident “to avoid any appearance of impropriety.”

Merkel said on Tuesday there would also be an internal investigation.

Merkel said he was unable to elaborate on details surrounding Shaw’s absence because of the police officers’ union contracts.

Shaw, while on leave, is prohibited from police-related side jobs.

BCI has not yet decided if they will investigate, according to a spokesperson.

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