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Police officer in road-rage case to take anger management classes

August 31, 2011 |  7:33 am

Maop A Glendale police officer will have to take anger management classes after admitting he hit a driver during an off-duty road-rage incident in Burbank, court officials said.

Eric Ritter accepted a plea deal Monday in connection with an amended misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace, which includes a section on fighting in public, court officials said.

The Burbank city attorney’s office originally charged Ritter with one misdemeanor battery charge for striking Armando Alvarez in October, the Glendale News-Press reported.

Superior Court Judge Michael Carter ordered Ritter to complete 52 anger management sessions over the course of a year.

The road-rage incident occurred in October, where police said Ritter and Alvarez had been cutting each other off while driving on city streets.

At a red light on Hollywood Way and Victory Boulevard, the men got out of their cars and started fighting, police said. Alvarez suffered a cut lip.

Ritter's sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 28.


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Image: Map shows location of where a police officer and a driver got into a fight in Burbank. Source: Google Maps