A former Granite City Police lieutenant is facing charges after he allegedly lied to investigators about what happened to his unmarked patrol car. 51-year-old Thomas Paul initially reported the car was stolen and he didn’t know who stole it, but authorities believe he did.
Paul, who has since retired from the department, claims that while off duty on December 28, he pulled up behind a minivan where the driver appeared to be slumped over the wheel. When he approached the van, he says someone jumped into his unmarked patrol car and drove off, striking him as it did so. Then, he says the van drove off. His car was found in St. Louis County the next day, but police equipment and weapons were missing. Investigators with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department presented their findings to a special prosecutor from St. Clair County who filed the charges on Monday of three counts of obstructing justice and one count of official misconduct. Authorities believe Paul was lying to investigators to protect a woman and what exactly happened is still being investigated.