Birthday celebration ends in jail

Tribune staff reports

A Seymour woman celebrating her birthday in Columbus was arrested on multiple charges after she was accused of biting a Columbus police officer and a Columbus Post Office employee.

Jessica D. Wetzel, 22, of Seymour, was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Saturday on charges of:

Criminal trespass

Disorderly conduct

Battery resulting in bodily injury

Battery on a law enforcement officer resulting in bodily injury

Resisting law enforcement

Wetzel was released from the Bartholomew County Jail after posting $28,000 bond, jail officials said.

Columbus police were called to the Columbus Post Office, 450 Jackson St., after employees saw a woman run inside and enter a restricted area in the building.

When an employee confronted her, the woman struck and bit the employee, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman. The employee then locked a warehouse door to contain the woman until police arrived, Harris said.

When officers found the woman in the post office, they attempted to put her in the back of a patrol car, Harris said. She began causing a disturbance and kicked an officer twice in the leg, Harris said.

Wetzel was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital because of her apparent high level of intoxication, Harris said. While in the hospital, she reportedly bit a Columbus police officer on the inside of his forearm, Harris said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.