Akron officer of the year pleads guilty after traffic stop

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Akron police officer Kris Beitzel (file photo from 3/31/15)

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.

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