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A Mantua population sign is shown here on the side of West 100 S. leading into the small Utah town Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016.

CACHE COUNTY — Mantua's chief of police is in some hot water after he was arrested Tuesday evening on suspicion of driving under the influence. 

Around 5 p.m., Utah Highway Patrol troopers in Cache County saw a Mantua Police Department car driving at a high rate of speed "without its emergency lights or siren activated," according to a press release from the Utah Department of Public Safety. As troopers drove closer to the vehicle, they noticed the car was "struggling to maintain its lane."

Troopers pulled over the police car near mile marker 18 on State Road 91, and found one person in the vehicle. Troopers later identified the man as Mantua Police Chief Shane Zilles, according to the release. 

Zilles cooperated with the troopers, but later failed a field sobriety test. The troopers placed him under arrest, and Zilles later consented to a blood draw. After the blood draw, Zilles was taken to a nearby hospital "due to concern for a medical condition," the release says. 

Zilles was cited and released at the hospital, and he was not booked into the Cache County Jail. The DPS release said Zilles' release "is common practice for individuals placed under arrest that require medical testing and observation."

As of Wednesday afternoon, charges had yet to be filed in court, according to online records. 

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Email him at jscholl@standard.net and follow him on Twitter at @Jacob_Scholl.

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