Update: Lansing Jail Officer Facing Felony

By: Tim Gillette
By: Tim Gillette

LANSING - A detention officer for the Lansing Police has been suspended as she faces a felony charge. Detention Officer Beth Jill Rios, 51, is on paid administrative leave, after being arraigned Thursday on 1 count of conspiracy to commit a legal act in an illegal manner. State police investigators say Rios, in her capacity as a detention officer, performed an alcohol breathalyzer test and did not provide the information from that breath test. State Police did not elaborate on why Rios did this.

Lansing police requested that the Michigan State Police conduct the independent investigation. The Lansing Police Internal Affairs Unit is also investigating, and beyond the criminal proceedings, will determine if Rios acted outside the department's policies and procedures. A statement released by Lansing Police says, "Penalties that may be issued to a D.O. may range from a counseling statement to the maximum penalty which is termination per the department's discipline matrix. "

News 10's Hannah Saunders is speaking with Lansing Police Chief Teresa Szymanski about the matter. Watch News 10 tonight at 6 o'clock for details on this investigation.

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  • by Wow on Jul 27, 2012 at 05:29 AM
    Talk about a non-story. She did the test but didn't pass on the results? How is this a felony? Are the police out to get rid of this person or was e test done on a VIP who got special treatment. Really bad reporting....
  • by Bob Location: Holt on Jul 27, 2012 at 05:01 AM
    Typical Media hype...why report on this in the first place if all of the facts are unknown....what about the guys running around with a shotgun on city streets...what's their story....what are they charged with?
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