Birthday celebration ends in jail

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, 3456 N. County Road 900E, 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.

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 or (812) 379-5631.