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Off-duty Pennsylvania cop arrested

Courtney Astolfi • Mar 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM

An off-duty Pennsylvania police officer was arrested Friday after he carried his gun into a Milan Road bar while he’d been drinking, police said.

Lee Bartolicius, 21, of Butler, Pa., was arrested for using weapons while intoxicated just after midnight Friday.

Bartolicius and his relatives were at Kalahari Resorts to celebrate his cousin’s 21st birthday Thursday evening, and they decided to head to Cheers in the Sandusky Mall later that night, according to a Perkins police report.

At Cheers, Bartolicius went into anaphylactic shock, likely triggered by dairy in one of his drinks. He called Perkins Township paramedics and asked for a police officer, knowing he had a loaded, holstered Glock on his hip, the report said.

Officers seized the weapon when they arrived at the mall, and informed him it was illegal to carry a gun in Ohio while drinking, the report said.

An apologetic Bartolicius told officers the act is not illegal in his home state, and he’d brought the gun with him because he was in an unfamiliar area.

His blood-alcohol content registered 0.077 percent, the report said.

Bartolicius was treated at Firelands Regional Medical Center, then taken to the Erie County jail.

He was later released on about $3,000 bond.

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