Freeman police chief suspended for illegally possessing prescription painkillers
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The Freeman Police Chief has been suspended after he was charged for obtaining prescription painkillers from different medical providers.
Freeman Police Chief Eric Seitz was indicted March 14 on three counts of possession of a controlled substance obtained concurrently from different medical practitioners. The charges allege Seitz purchased hydrocodone and carisoprodol from August 1, 2012 to October 31, 2012 without telling another medical practitioner he had already purchased the drugs.
All charges are Class One Misdemeanors. Seitz turned himself in to be arrested. He is out after posting $500 bond.
The City found out about Seitz indictment on Monday and Seitz was suspended on Tuesday. Freeman City Attorney Mike Fink says while the indictment was part of the reason for Seitz's suspension, the terms of his bond also played a role because Seitz wouldn't be allowed to hold a firearm.
"He's a good employee and very well liked. I'm hoping for the best for him, because good law enforcement officers are hard to find," Freeman City Attorney Mike Fink said.
Fink says one of the current Freeman police officers will take on more hours and the City may ask the Hutchinson County Sheriff's Office to help patrol the Freeman area.
The South Dakota Attorney General's Office in Sioux Falls is prosecuting the case.
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