Armed Illinois police officer accused of walking into pizzeria drunk, shouting at employees
Police in Channahon say 43-year-old John Wolfinbarger walked into a pizzeria with his gun tucked into his waistband, then shouted at employees while off duty. By Brendan Marks
CHANNAHON, Ill. -- A northern Illinois police officer is being accused of walking into a pizzeria with his gun tucked into his waistband and shouting at employees while off duty.
Police in Channahon say 43-year-old John Wolfinbarger of the Oswego police force then got involved in a standoff with officers who responded to calls from panicked customers on Wednesday.
They say officers caught up with him in his pickup truck and pulled him over. Wolfinbarger allegedly locked himself inside. Police say they had to hold the man at gunpoint for 20 minutes before he surrendered. He did not identify himself to police as a fellow officer.
Wolfinbarger has been charged with drunken driving, disorderly conduct and obstructing police.
He has been placed on leave.
Wolfinbarger could not be reached for comment Thursday.