A former Kent State University police official was ordered Monday to enter drug treatment after pleading guilty in Portage County Common Pleas Court to two felony drug and weapons charges and a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.
Daniel P. FitzPatrick, 57, of 9428 Griffith Road, Paris, pleaded guilty in Judge John Enlow's court to carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony, possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and operating a vehicle under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Finding that FitzPatrick's addiction contributed to his crimes, Enlow immediately sentenced FitzPatrick to intervention in lieu of conviction, meaning he must complete a one year drug rehabilitation program under the supervision of the Portage County Adult Probation Department. If he does so successfully, his guilty pleas will be vacated and his felony convictions dismissed, Enlow said.
Enlow also sentenced FitzPatrick to 10 days in jail, but suspended the jail term on the condition he attend a three-day Driver Intervention Program and pay a $375 fine, a common sentence for first-time OVI offenders. FitzPatrick's driver's license was suspended for six months.
FitzPatrick answered only "yes" or "no" to Enlow's questions regarding his guilty plea. He had no other comment in court.
FitzPatrick was pulled over by an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper on Dec. 25, 2011. A search of his vehicle revealed a loaded 9 mm handgun and synthetic illegal drugs known as bath salts. His blood also tested positive for marijuana.
FitzPatrick was not arrested at the time. Instead, a Portage County grand jury indicted him on the charges in July 2012 following an investigation and testing on the suspected illegal drugs. He initially pleaded not guilty and remained free on bond pending trial.
FitzPatrick retired as an assistant police chief for the Kent State University Police Department in 2008. During his tenure, he was the director of the Western Portage Drug Task Force, the precursor to the Portage County Drug Task Force. Most recently, he was an adjunct justice studies professor at Kent State.
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