Former ZPD sergeant accused of driving vehicle while current officer shot gun arrested

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Former ZPD sergeant accused of driving vehicle while current officer shot gun arrested

By Christine Holmes, News Director

A former Zanesville police sergeant accused of driving a vehicle while a current officer on the department was shooting a gun has also been arrested and charged with a felony in the alleged incident.

On Monday, 39 year-old Jarred Miracle was booked into the Licking County Jail after he was arrested by the Licking County Sheriff’s Office.

He has been charged with one felony count of improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle.

According to a statement from the Licking County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received reports of a person shooting a gun from the passenger side window of a moving vehicle in the area of SR 16 and Marne Road around 4:55 p.m. Saturday.

Deputies in Muskingum County later located the vehicle and stopped it near Kearns Drive.

Inside were current patrolman Charles Lewis, 34, and former Zanesville police officer Jarred Miracle.

Officers searching the vehicle located two firearms and several spent shell casings inside.

Miracle had previously been demoted to patrolman before resigning from his position for a new job in September. Lewis has most recently been on medical leave after breaking his hand during a struggle with a man during an arrest on Jan. 3. Zanesville Police Chief Tony Coury said Lewis remains on leave at this time.

Miracle, who was driving the vehicle at the time of the stop, was arrested by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for OVI but not initially taken to jail.

Lewis was taken to the Licking County Sheriff’s Office for questioning and later booked for discharging a firearm on prohibited premises, a third-degree felony, and using weapons while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.

He has since posted bond.

Zanesville Police Chief Tony Coury and Mayor Don Mason could not comment further pending investigation.