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Richland Center lieutenant cited for hit and run


RICHLAND CENTER (WKOW) -- A Sunday night traffic accident in Richland County lead to four traffic citations being issued to a Richland Center Police Lieutenant.

The Richland County Sheriff's office has concluded their investigation into the incident.  Among the citations given to the lieutenant were hit and run, and failure to notify police of an accident.

Richland County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Tom Hougan say the investigation began shortly after 11:00 Sunday night when the Dispatch Center received a call regarding a vehicle on a guard rail near Jungle Lane.

Deputies were sent to the area of Jungle Bar Lane and County II in Westford Township and located a vehicle registered to Lucas Clements  parked on top of the guard rail with minor damage to the vehicle and damage to the guard rail.

The driver was not found, however, a tow truck operator, called by Clements, arrived on scene as deputies were there.  An on-scene investigation was conducted, which included going to the Jungle Bar.  There, deputies learned that the driver of the vehicle had been at the establishment drinking alcohol prior to the accident and that he had been given a ride home to his parent's residence in Richland Center.

Hougan said a third deputy attempted to make personal contact with Clements at his parent's residence to check on his condition.  The deputy was able to speak with Clements' father on the telephone and it was verified Clements was there, however, the father stated he would not awaken him.  The deputy then went to the house and knocked on the front door, in an attempt to awaken Clements, but nobody answered.

In addition to talking on the house phone with the father and knocking on the residential door, the deputy and others made multiple phone calls to Clement's cell.

Around 9:30 Monday morning, Clements did call the deputy who had talked to his father and said he had dropped his cell phone and hit the guardrail.

Deputies issued Clements traffic citations for hit and run property adjacent to a highway, failure to notify police of an accident, operating left of center, and inattentive driving with initial bond amounts totaling $1,054 and 14 points on his driving record if convicted of the charges. 

According to Richland Center Chief of Police John Annear, while the actual incident was investigated by the Richland County Sheriff's Department, the Richland Center Police Department is conducting their own separate internal investigation regarding the incident and the actions of Lt. Cements.

Clements has been employed by the Richland Center Police Department since 2003 and has served as Lieutenant since 2010.





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