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Akron police lieutenant fined, given suspended jail sentence for driving intoxicated with gun

Akron’s 2015 Police Officer of the Year, who drove while intoxicated with a gun in the vehicle last month, was fined $400 and warned she will be jailed if she gets into any more trouble with the law.

Lt. Kris Beitzel accepted a plea deal in her month-old court case on Friday. Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman agreed to reduce Beitzel’s charge of improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle from a fifth-degree felony to a first-degree misdemeanor in exchange for Beitzel’s guilty plea.

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