Akron officer of the year pleads guilty after traffic stop
AKRON, Ohio– The Akron Police Department’s 2015 officer of the year pleaded guilty to one charge stemming from a July traffic stop.
An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper pulled Akron Police Lt. Kris Beitzel over in Portage County on July 10. According to the report, she had a loaded handgun in her purse on the floor.
Beitzel pleaded guilty to improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle, according to Portage County Common Pleas Court records. A charge of operating a vehicle under the influence was thrown out.
She was sentenced to 180 days in jail and a fine, but both those were suspended. Beitzel will avoid serving jail time if she has no similar offenses for two years, maintains full employment and completes a three-day driver intervention program.
Her license is also suspended for six months.