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Hancock Co. prosecutor pleaded guilty to driving offenses

Findlay police say Alex Treece left the scene of a 2-vehicle crash

FINDLAY — An assistant Hancock County prosecutor accused of leaving the scene of a two-vehicle crash pleaded guilty to two driving offenses Thursday. 

Alex Treece, 39, of Findlay, was cited for failure to stop after an accident and failure to yield on a left turn after police say he left the scene of a two-vehicle crash on March 1, according to a Findlay police report. 

Mr. Treece’s children, a 10-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy, also were in the vehicle. There were no injuries. 

Mr. Treece pleaded guilty to both driving offenses before visiting Judge Michael Burkett. 

A presentence investigation was ordered, and Mr. Treece will be sentenced March 31.

Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle confirmed Mr. Treece was placed on paid administrative leave prior to his plea. Riegle said he will be reviewing the case for any disciplinary action. Mr. Treece was named chief criminal assistant when Mr. Riegle took over as prosecutor in late 2016.

Earlier this month, Charlotte Brauneller, 74, of Rawson, Ohio, was driving a sport utility vehicle at about 6:24 p.m. west on Lima Avenue near Western Avenue.

Mr. Treece — who was traveling east on Lima Avenue — turned onto Western Avenue and into the path of Ms. Brauneller's vehicle, the report indicates.

Mr. Treece's vehicle sustained moderate damage to the front passenger side headlight and bumper area, police reported.

Ms. Brauneller's vehicle had disabling damage to the front bumper area.

A witness who saw the crash reported to police the license plate number of the fleeing vehicle.

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