Greenwood police officer accused of drunken brawl freed from jail

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GREENWOOD, Ind. (Jan. 2, 2014)– An off-duty Greenwood police officer accused of battling family, friends and police during a New Year’s Eve party has been freed from the Johnson County Jail on $9000.

Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper told Fox 59 News that Joey Rodriguez was freed with the understanding that he would immediately enroll in an alcohol rehabilitation program, resign from GPD within 24 hours and surrender all his police weapons and gear.

A source tells FOX59 that he has agreed to resign within the next week.

Sources indicated that Rodriguez tested at .40 Blood Alcohol Content level when he was arrested.

A witness told Fox 59 News that Rodriguez became unstable and combative as friends tried to remove him from a Greenwood home where approximately 30 adults and children celebrated the New Year.

Rodriguez reportedly punched several friends, choked his wife and fought police and paramedics.

His police handgun was removed from Rodriguez’ truck to protect other partygoers who admitted to officers they were afraid of him and retaliation.

Rodriguez faces two felony counts of battery on a police officer causing injury and three counts of misdemeanor battery.

Conviction on the felony counts would preclude from Rodriguez from every owning a gun.

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