GLENDALE — A Glendale police officer has been ordered to enroll in anger management sessions after admitting to hitting a motorist during an off-duty road-rage incident in Burbank, court officials said.
Glendale Police Officer Eric Ritter accepted a plea deal on Monday to plead no contest in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Burbank to an amended misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace, which includes a section of 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.
Superior Court Judge Michael Carter ordered Ritter to complete 52 sessions of anger management over the course of a year.
His sentencing was deferred pending the status on his progress, said Burbank Assistant City Atty. Denny Wei.
The disturbing-the-peace charge carries a potential sentence of 90 days in jail and a $400 fine, he said.
If Ritter obeys all laws and attends the sessions, Wei said the misdemeanor count could be reduced to an infraction.