Chesterfield Township supervisor, police chief accused of shady deal

Sheriff investigates alleged deal between Chesterfield Township supervisor, police chief involving sale of township trucks, police stop

Author: Hank Winchester, Local 4 Reporter, @HankLocal4
Published On: Mar 26 2013 06:18:15 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 26 2013 07:44:55 PM EDT
CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -

The Macomb County Sheriff is launching an investigation after the Chesterfield Township police chief and supervisor allegedly crossed the line with a shady deal.

It all started at a recent meeting during which township Supervisor Mike Lovelock made a motion to sell six used vehicles for $4,000. What Lovelock allegedly did not tell trustees before the vote is that the man buying the trucks from the township is not a stranger. He is someone the police chief refers to as Lovelock's son-in-law.

Days after the sale, one of the Department of Public Works trucks that was sold, which the township called unsafe to drive, was pulled over. The driver was speeding and the title was invalid. Moreover, there were not plates on the truck.

However, during the stop the driver called Lovelock who called the police chief. The chief called dispatch who then asked the officers to let Lovelock's "son-in-law" off the hook.

Listen: Chesterfield Township police chief's 911 call

The sale of the vehicles and the police stop both are under investigation by the Sheriff.

Lovelock and the chief refused to talk with Local 4 on camera. However, in a written statement they said they are fully cooperating with the Sheriff's investigation.

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