Abbeville officer charged with domestic violence

ABBEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - An Abbeville police officer is accused of choking his girlfriend in a domestic dispute in Ozark.

Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey says Gregory James Wetzel has been released from custody and is charged with domestic violence simply assault, a misdemeanor that could lead up to a year in county jail if he is convicted.

Spivey says the woman was choked from behind and had visible injuries but they did not require medical treatment. Wetzel, 38, was arrested around 3:50 a.m. Thursday on Alabama Highway 123.

Abbeville Police Chief Mike Jones says Wetzel has been placed on administrative leave with pay. Wetzel formerly served as an Ozark patrol officer from January 2008 to February 2009 but was terminated for policy violations.

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