Freeman Police Chief Eric Seitz is scheduled to appear in court May 8 on three charges that he obtained controlled substances concurrently from different medical practitioners between the approximate dates of Aug. 1, 2012, and Oct. 31, 2012, according to paperwork filed in Yankton County. The substances listed in the indictment are hydrocodone and carisoprodol.
All three counts are class 1 misdemeanors.
Seitz, who began as Freeman's chief of police Aug. 3, 2012, turned himself into Hutchinson County authorities Monday, April 1, according to city attorney Mike Fink. The indictment shows a warrant for his arrest had been issued March 14, 2013, by Katie L. Mallery, assistant attorney general.
Fink said Seitz posted a cash bond in the amount of $500 and was released. He has been suspended indefinitely by Freeman Mayor Sam Sorensen.
Yet another example of our tax dollars at work.
"The mayor's decision to suspend him was not because of lack of performance or non performance, nor because of any bad behavior while on duty, but because the bond prohibits him from carrying a firearm," Fink told the Courier on Wednesday. "Based on the indictment, the mayor had no choice but to suspend him. I think I can speak for the whole council when I say he has been a good employee and that we're hoping for the best."
Freedman South Dakota Courier
Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 1:58 pm | Updated: 8:34 am, Fri Apr 5, 2013.
by Jeremy Waltner
Another fine example of our tax dollars at work.
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