Police officer accused of road-rage incident while off duty
A Glendale police officer is facing a misdemeanor battery charge in connection with an alleged road-rage incident while off duty, prompting officials to place him on administrative leave.
The Burbank city attorney's office filed the charge Dec. 10 against Glendale Police Officer Eric Ritter, who pleaded not guilty to striking Armando Alvarez, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court documents.
When Glendale city administrators found out about the case, they placed the officer on leave, said Human Resources Director Matt Doyle. Calls to Ritter's attorney, Michael Severo, were not returned on Wednesday.
The alleged road-rage incident occurred about noon on Oct. 14, officials said. Ritter and Alvarez had been cutting each other off on city streets, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said.
-- Veronica Rocha, Glendale News-Press / Times Community News