Off-duty Greenwood officer arrested after party agrees to resign

Rodriguez will seek help for alcohol abuse

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. - An off-duty officer with the Greenwood Police Department who was arrested Wednesday morning has agreed to resign, officials said.

Police responded to the 4400 block of Diamond Ridge just after 1 a.m. after at least two callers told police that an off-duty officer was “out of control."

When officers with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and the Bargersville Police Department arrived, they found Officer Joey Rodriguez lying on the road, intoxicated and bleeding, police said.

When responding officers tried to help Rodriguez into a car, they said he became combative and started cursing, kicking and punching.

Police said one officer was punched in the face and a second officer was punched in the nose. Rodriguez also kicked responding medics, police said.

During their investigation, police learned that Rodriguez became intoxicated at a party. Rodriguez became aggressive when other guests tried to get him to leave the party, authorities said.

Witnesses told police that Rodriguez also tried to choke his wife, authorities said. His wife told police that wasn't true.

Rodriguez was taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Officials said Rodriguez faces charges including battery on a police officer, battery, resisting arrest, strangulation and public intoxication.

Authorities said Rodriguez was suspended for five days without pay and was held on a $150,000 bond.

Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers said Thursday evening that Rodriguez was released from jail after posting bond.

Under the conditions of his release, Rodriguez agreed to resign from the police department. He will also seek treatment for alcohol abuse, Myers said.

The Greenwood Police Merit Commission will meet on Monday to make the resignation official.

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