Police Chief Accused of Dating Fugitive Heroin Addict

Lucas Mace faces 12 criminal counts in Ohio village

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 2, 2014 6:40 PM CDT | Updated Jun 2, 2014 7:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – A former Ohio police chief is facing 12 criminal charges for allegedly harboring a woman sought on drug charges—and dating her in his spare time, Raw Story reports. As police chief of Glouster, Ohio (population 1,800), Lucas Mace met 23-year-old Hillary Hooper on the scene of a traffic accident. Despite her outstanding warrants, Mace let her go, slept with her, and helped her flee authorities, according to prosecutor Keller Blackburn. Mace's behavior reveals a "shameful pattern of wrongdoing," said Blackburn. "He was basically using his office as a dating service."

Blackburn also accused him of hiding from the mayor while on the job and helping Hooper—an alleged heroin addict—change a car tire while in uniform. What's more, Blackburn said Mace kept a camera running in his office, dated women "inappropriate to his public position," and likely had sex in his patrol car, the Columbus Dispatch reports. An intimate tidbit: Mace described Hooper as a "softie" because "she had the softest skin he'd ever touched," said Blackburn, apparently relying on recorded radio traffic. No word yet from Mace, who's suspended without pay.

Lucas Mace and Hillary Hooper.   (Glouster Police Dept.)
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