A Knox Man has been charged with 10 counts of criminal mischief and one count of reckless driving after he was reportedly spotted vandalizing a campaign sign Saturday afternoon.
According to a press release issued by the Knox City Police Department, shortly before 1:50 p.m. on April 14th, Knox Police Chief Harold Smith was traveling north bound in his personal vehicle on Highway 35 just north of 200 S. As he was coming into Knox, he observed a vehicle parked on the west side of the highway.
The press release indicates that Chief Smith observed a male subject standing in the field in front of a “Bill Dulin for Sheriff” campaign sign.
Chief Smith reported that the subject was spray painting inappropriate graffiti on the sign so he quickly contacted an on-duty Knox officer to the location as the male subject got into his vehicle and drove off south bound on Highway 35.
The release states that Chief Smith began following the suspect until Knox City Police caught up and conducted a traffic stop at the corner of County Road 300 E. and County Road 350 S.
Police say they then apprehended the male subject and identified his as as 40-year-old Jason Maroules, of Knox.
Maroules apparently admitted to vandalizing several Sheriff Dulin campaign signs. Sheriff Dulin reported that approximately 10 signs were damaged in various locations.
Maroules was charged with 10 counts of criminal mischief and one count of reckless driving.