Updated with Video: Lansing Jail Officer Facing Felony
Lansing Police Detention Officer Beth Rios is charged with a felony. A state police investigation says Rios gave a breathalyzer test to an inmate, but did not report the findings. Video by fox47news.comvideo
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. "
Lansing Police Chief Teresa Szymanski has placed Detention Officer 51-year-old Beth Jill Rios on paid administrative leave with a pending criminal investigation for "Conspiracy to commit offense or Legal act in illegal manner."
Rios turned herself into the Lansing Police Department today, and was arraigned. We do not know yet why she was charged with this felony. She's being held on a bond of $2500.