Assistant prosecutor suspended

An assistant Hancock County prosecutor has been placed on leave in connection with a hit-skip accident two weeks ago in Findlay.

Prosecutor Phil Riegle said he met with Alex Treece this week, and placed his chief assistant on administrative leave with pay. Treece had been on vacation the week following the accident.

Riegle said Treece’s employment status would be reviewed as traffic charges proceed through Findlay Municipal Court.

Treece, 39, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and making an improper left turn following a non-injury accident at the intersection of Lima and Western avenues at 6:24 p.m. March 1.

Police said Charlotte Brauneller, of Rawson, was westbound on Lima Avenue, when a eastbound vehicle turned into her path while turning left onto Western Avenue.

Brauneller’s vehicle sustained disabling damage.

Police said a witness obtained the license plate number of a car that left the scene, and was later found parked at Treece’s Findlay residence. It had sustained moderate front-end damage.

Police have only released the traffic crash report, which listed alcohol/drugs as not suspected. Narratives from the investigating officer’s report have not been made public.

Treece has been an assistant county prosecutor since 2007, and was named the chief criminal prosecutor by Riegle in November.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Thursday in Findlay Municipal Court. He faces six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted of leaving the scene of an accident.

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