By SUSAN TEBBEN
Glasgow Daily Times
A Glasgow police officer and a civilian were treated differently when they were allegedly found publicly intoxicated and walking by a roadside. The civilian was arrested, the police officer was released and taken home where another incident then allegedly took place.
Officer Ashley Towe was notified in a letter written by Chief Guy Turcotte and dated March 18 that she was on administrative leave “in reference to the incident that occurred on this date at 0020 hours [12:20 a.m.].”
A personnel status form in her file dated March 18 was not signed by Towe and was signed by Mayor Rhonda Trautman on Aug. 23, the day before the Daily Times received the document through an Aug. 21 open records request. Turcotte's signature on the document was not dated.
March 18 GPD police reports included a citation for Joella H. Kelly, who was arrested two minutes before the incident time given on Turcotte’s letter to Towe.
The address given on Kelly's arrest citation was the same as the address given for Towe on an administrative report from that night.
Kelly was arrested on North Race Street for alcohol intoxication in a public place and resisting arrest after Officer Joseph Ford found her lying in the roadway on US 31-E, then allegedly became physical when Ford attempted to arrest her, according to the citation. Towe is not mentioned in Ford’s narrative of the arrest on the citation.
“I don’t believe Ashley Towe was involved in the [Kelly] case,” Turcotte told the Daily Times on Aug. 20.
Towe was put back on “light duty” on April 5, according to a personnel status form which was unsigned by Towe, signed without a date by Turcotte and signed by Trautman on Aug. 23. No internal investigation into the March 18 “incident” was included in Towe's personnel file, obtained through public records requests by the Daily Times.
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