An Ohio Highway Patrol sergeant has pleaded not guilty to a domestic violence charge in Bowling Green Municipal Court.
Shane Johnson, 43, who since August has been on paid sick leave from his duties at the Toledo post, was arraigned Monday on a first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence charge, according to court records. The court also issued a temporary protection order for an alleged victim as a condition of his personal recognizance bond and ordered removal of all weapons from his residence while the case is pending.
The charge stems from an incident involving a woman, identified in Bowling Green police reports as Michelle Evans, with whom he lived in Bowling Green. Ms. Evans told police the defendant shook her, pulled her hair, and punched her forehead during a Dec. 21 altercation at the house. She said he hit the driver’s side door of her car with a hammer as she left the residence, according to a police report.
Bowling Green attorney Albert Potter, whom court records indicate represents Mr. Johnson, could not be reached for comment.
Lt. Bill Bowers, commander of the Toledo post of the state patrol, said he doesn’t expect Mr. Johnson to return from his extended sick leave until February at the earliest. He would not specify the reason for the sick leave and said Mr. Johnson will be placed on administrative duty if he returns to work before the case is adjudicated.
An administrative investigation will take place upon completion of the court case.
A document request to the Ohio State Highway Patrol found no disciplinary records in Mr. Johnson’s file. He joined the patrol in 1995, and previously has been named Trooper of the Year at the Swanton and Bowling Green posts.
His next court date is Jan. 29.
By Vanessa McCray - The Blade, Toledo, Ohio (MCT)
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