Authorities in Ohio say an off-duty Dayton police officer was arrested on suspicion of a residential burglary in what officials say might have been a booze-fueled mistake.
According to the Dayton Daily News, the agency released a statement acknowledging the arrest and confirming Torrence Laprath was placed on unpaid administrative leave.
The incident occurred early Sunday morning at a residence on Strathaven Drive.
In a 911 call reporting the burglary, a homeowner described the suspect kicking the front door open.
“My wife and daughter are freaked out and so am I,” the caller said. “He came right after me and tried to tackle me, but I got away and got on top of him and I’m sitting on top of him right now.”
“The criminal case against him will move forward with detectives meeting the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office regarding possible charges,” the Dayton Police Department said.
As of the latest reports available, Laprath had been booked into Montgomery Channel Jail and released.
“There is also an active administrative investigation being conducted by the Dayton Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau,” the Dayton Police Department noted.
Fox News cited one official who said the officer had possibly entered the home believing it was his own after an evening of heavy drinking.
“Officer T. Laprath has been a Dayton Police Officer for 11 years,” the agency reported.
The New York Post cited jail records that indicate Laprath was no longer in custody as of Monday afternoon.
[Featured image: Torrence Laprath, Montgomery County Jail]