Columbus Police Officer Off Duty After OVI Stop

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A Columbus police officer was stripped of his badge and gun after police say they became concerned about information regarding a November traffic stop.

According to court records, Columbus attorney Cecily Ferris was pulled over on Interstate 71 and East Main Street in November, but charges were not filed until March.

Ferris’ attorney told 10TV News that he believes the delay had to do with the officer’s wife, who he says discovered his client and the officer, Chris O’Neall, had been text messaging more than 200 times.

 “She did come up positive for prescription medication but no drugs of abuse no alcohol or anything like that,” said her attorney, Joseph Landusky.

He said the charges were filed as a vendetta against his client.

“I just don't see how any officer who is sworn to serve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States is going out and calling a defendant in a case and telling her that she's hot, that's one of the texts,” Landusky said.

O’Neall declined a comment to 10TV News.

Columbus has now launched a criminal investigation into the case.

“Was the officer using his power as police officer to intimidate or coerce this individual into doing anything and that's part of the investigation what happened and why did it happen?” said Columbus police spokesman Rich Weiner.

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