Clearwater Fire Department Chief Mike Toole was arrested today on simple assault charges stemming from an incident in 2007.
Capt. Troy Elwell, spokesman for the Aiken County Sheriffs Department, said a woman accused the chief of inappropriately touching her and a warrant was on file with the sheriffs office in connection to that incident. Although it was filed some time ago, Capt. Elwell said a clerk came across the warrant today and they alerted the chief.
We called the chief and made him aware of it, Capt. . Elwell said. He turned himself in within 30 minutes or so.
The incident took place while Mr. Toole was working at his business, Capt. Elwell said.