|Agency||Loveland Colorado Police Department|
|Dates of Service||Hired in 2012|
|Last Known Status||Administrative Leave|
It is alleged that Ashe had other complaints of excessive force.
2019 Arrest of Preston Sowl
On May 7, 2021, Police Chief Robert Ticer wrote an internal memo and determined the witness had not committed a crime and Ashe was not justified in arresting him. Ticer recommended a written warning and more training.
By Octover 8, 2021, Ashe had been placed on unpaid administrative leave by the department.
In 2020, Sowl filed a civil lawsuit against the city and the officers involved.
Sowl's lawsuit claims that Ashe "beat up, arrested, and falsely charged" Sowl, and that these actions were retaliatory, without warrant or probable cause, used excessive force and malicious prosecution, as violations of Sowl's 1st and 4th Amendment rights.
The lawsuit was settled in 2021.
- Complaint and Jury Demand, Sowl's initial complaint, Loveland Government web site, 2020-06-22
- Austin Fleskes, Loveland police officer named in Preston Sowl lawsuit put on unpaid leave, Reporter Herald, 2021-10-18
- City of Loveland reaches $290,000 settlement over wrongful arrest lawsuit, '9 News, 2021-07-02
- Austin Fleskes, Excessive force lawsuit against Loveland police, city settled for $290,000, Reporter Herald, 2021-01-25