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Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper indicted, fired for allegedly stealing drugs

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 14:34:36-05

MANSFIELD, Ohio — A Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper who was indicted last month on multiple charges for allegedly stealing prescription drugs has been fired.

According to a termination letter from OSHP, Preston C. Brooks, 32, of the Mansfield Patrol Post, was fired on Dec. 27, 2019.

The letter states that on or around Nov. 1, 2019, Brooks mishandled seized prescription drugs and was untruthful when asked about their whereabouts.

Authorities say Brooks violated the following OSHP rules and regulations: "False statement, truthfulness, conduct unbecoming an officer" as well as "evidence and recovered property."

Prior to his termination, Brooks had been indicted by a grand jury in Richland County on two counts of tampering with evidence and one count of theft of drugs. All three of the counts are felonies.

Brooks is due in Richland County Court of Common Pleas for an arraignment on Jan, 14 at 1 p.m.