WPD says incident happened on downtown Wilmington sidewalk with ex-wife

Last updated: April 19. 2014 1:51PM - 28515 Views
By Lora Abernathy labernathy@civitasmedia.com

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The commander of the Wilmington Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was arrested Friday on charges of domestic violence, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

Wilmington Police Chief Duane Weyend said Saturday Lt. Michael Sanders was arrested Friday evening by law enforcement officials from the WPD after an investigation into an alleged incident that occurred Tuesday night.

Weyand said his office received a call about a disturbance taking place downtown on the sidewalk of W. Locust Street Tuesday.

He said the officers who were dispatched questioned Sanders and his ex-wife at the time.

“Through our investigation and witness statements, we determined it was an active domestic situation that occurred,” Weyand said.

Sanders was taken to the Clinton County Jail.

The charge is a first degree misdemeanor according to the Clinton County Municipal Court.

Sanders was named commander of the Wilmington Post in August 2013.

He began his career with the patrol in April of 1987 as a member of the 116th Academy Class. He earned his commission in September of that year and was assigned to the Georgetown post, where he was selected as Trooper of the Year in 1992.

Since that time, Sanders has been assigned to OSHP posts in Jackson, Lebanon, Cincinnati and Wilmington. He previously served as post commander in Lebanon.

In 1993, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and transferred to the Jackson post to serve as an assistant post commander. He transferred to the Wilmington post in 1995 and served as assistant commander. After being promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2006, he was assigned to Lebanon where he served as post commander.

In 2006, Sanders transferred to the Wilmington District’s Licensing and Commercial Standards division. He returned to the Lebanon post in 2011 and in 2012, he was assigned to the Cincinnati Metro Post.

Originally from Peebles, Sanders earned an associate of applied science degree in law enforcement from Ohio University in 1986. He completed training at Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command in 2003.

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