Lebanon police officer arrested while off duty, police chief says

John Wetzel on administrative leave
John Wetzel
Posted at 2:43 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 14:43:07-04

CLEARCREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A Lebanon patrol officer was arrested while off duty, the chief of police told WCPO.

The officer, John Wetzel, was taken into custody by Clearcreek Township police officers late Sunday evening.

Police responded to reports of an “intoxicated subject” at about 9:30 p.m., according to the incident report.

Wetzel is accused of loading a shotgun while intoxicated and making threats. He is charged with domestic violence, aggravated menacing and using weapons while intoxicated.

Lebanon Chief of Police Jeff Mitchell said he is aware of the arrest. Wetzel is currently on administrative leave and was relieved of his police powers pending an investigation.

Wetzel had been booked into the Warren County Jail. He is no longer in custody according to the jail’s website.