Probation for police officer in ticket fixing case

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WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California police officer has been placed on probation for conspiring to dismiss a woman’s speeding ticket after she promised to send booze.

The motorist works in the alcohol industry.

Prosecutors say 44-year-old Huntington Beach police Officer Erik Michal Krause and 47-year-old Garden Grove police Officer Michael John Zannitto were convicted of misdemeanor conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Krause had ticketed the woman for speeding near a school bus. While off duty later that month, Zannitto met the woman and told her he could have the citation dismissed in exchange for free alcohol.

Zannitto called Krause and he took care of the ticket.

A judge on Friday sentenced Krause to probation and 30 days in jail, which was stayed pending completion of community service. Zannitto got the same sentence earlier.

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