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A Greenwood police officer accused of being "out of control" at a New Year's Eve party is suspended.
Investigators say Joey Rodriguez was drinking and became upset when he was asked to leave the party being held at 4487 Diamond Ridge near Bargersville. When officers arrived, they reportedly found him lying on the road and bleeding. He allegedly punched one officer in the face and another in the nose, and also kicked responding medics.
A witness also saw Rodriguez choking his wife, Kelly, at the party and was punched by the witness until he let go of her. That's according to a report from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.
Kelly Rodriguez told investigators that she had not been battered and couldn't remember during the struggle if her husband’s hands were on her neck or shoulders. She went on to say that Joey Rodriguez had never acted this way before, that he had been having a hard time since his son left a year ago. Kelly said that she thought this was just a bad time of the year for her husband.
Bargersville Police charged Joey Rodriguez with one count of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting law enforcement and public intoxication.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Office charged him with one count of battery and strangulation and one county of battery against Kelly Rodriguez.
Joey Rodriguez is being held in the Johnson County Jail on $150,000 bond.
Last Updated: Thursday, January 02, 2014 6:04:01 AM
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