Soap Lake reserve police officer arrested for DUI, hit-and-run in department vehicle

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A Soap Lake reserve police officer was arrested Thursday in Franklin County on suspicion of DUI, hit and run and resisting arrest after a Soap Lake police vehicle was found in a ditch.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says Shane Jones, 49, was arrested after the police car was found in a ditch off Highway 395 with its emergency lights on.

Jones reportedly attempted to fight deputies and to release a retired police K9 that was in the vehicle.

Earlier, Jones is accusing of rear-ending a vehicle on Highway 17 near its intersection with Highway 395, about 15 miles away from where he was arrested.

The Soap Lake Police Department says Jones has been terminated for unauthorized use of a police vehicle.

Soap Lake police say the reserve officer had a take-home department vehicle but was not on official business.

“I am deeply troubled by this now-former reserve officer’s behavior,” said Soap Lake Police Chief Ryan Cox. “This individual violated department policy and the law, and betrayed the public’s trust and our agency standards. Absolutely no one is above the law, especially police officers. The Soap Lake Police Department is treating – and will continue to treat – this serious incident both professionally and transparently.”