Hamilton police sergeant arrested on OVI, vandalism for damaging police cruiser

Hamilton Police Sergeant arrested on OVI, vandalism charges
Published: Sep. 18, 2022 at 2:11 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2022 at 4:35 PM EDT

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - A veteran sergeant with the Hamilton Police Department is under arrest on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and felony vandalism, for allegedly damaging a police cruiser, Hamilton Police said in a statement Sunday.

A deputy with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office arrested Casey Johnson, 40, early Saturday. He was booked into the jail at 2:41 a.m. and remains at the jail Sunday without bond, according to the jail website.

Sgt. Johnson “has been relieved of duty and placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an administrative investigation,” according to the police statement.

“These are very serious and troubling allegations. If proven, they represent a significant breach of the public’s trust and warrant significant disciplinary action,” Hamilton Police Captain Marc McManus said.

Hamilton police said they were notified Friday night that an off-duty officer, later identified as Johnson, was allegedly involved in an altercation in the parking lot of Ross High School during a high school football game.

“Johnson left the parking lot driving a vehicle that was reported a short time later involved in a two-car crash,” police said in the prepared statement.

“Johnson was arrested at the scene of the crash and charged with OVI. An additional charge of vandalism was added due to damage he reportedly caused to the door of a police cruiser.”

Police said the alleged incidents all occurred outside the city of Hamilton while Johnson was off-duty.

“Ross Township Police Department responded to the altercation while BCSO responded to the crash. We are working to gather additional facts and information. We will provide an update once additional information is available,” the police statement said.

Butler County dispatchers said only one crash was reported late Friday and early Saturday: a head-on collision reported at 10:58 p.m. Friday after a vehicle went left of center and struck another vehicle in the 5900 block of Cincinnati Brookville Road.

Someone at the scene complained of chest hip and knee pain and was taken to Kettering Health Hospital, according to dispatch.

The driver of the vehicle that went left of center was arrested on charges of OVI and vandalism.

The 911 call that is related to that crash was placed by someone at Ross High School at 8:14 p.m. Friday, according to dispatch.

The caller reported, they said, “hearing subjects yelling and saw someone hitting a female in the face.”

The female was reluctant to talk to the caller, according to the dispatch run.

Johnson has been with the Hamilton Police Department since 2004 and was just promoted to sergeant in July, according to the police statement.

He is scheduled to appear Monday morning in Hamilton Municipal Court, according to the jail.

FOX19 NOW requested Johnson’s arrest report, OVI citation, incident report and the 911 call from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

No staff was available Sunday to fulfill the request, but they are expected to on Monday.

We also asked Hamilton police for Johnson’s personnel file.

In 2010, the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office determined Johnson was justified in a fatal police-involved shooting.

Johnson killed 25-year-old Joshua Berkheimer on April 25, 2010, to stop him from continuing to brutally attack his girlfriend with a claw hammer inside a Hamilton apartment.

The prosecutor at the time, Robin Piper, called the shooting a “heroic action” that saved the woman’s life.

He said his independent investigation confirmed Hamilton police also determined: Had Johnson not killed Berkheimer with a single shot from his service weapon, the man would have proceeded to kill Jamie Belty.

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