Niles police captain suspended after reckless driving conviction
NILES, Ohio -
A Niles Police captain who was commended for helping find a missing Garrettsville girl in 2014 has been suspended after being convicted of reckless driving and speeding.
Police Captain Robert Miketa, 42, was originally charged with OVI and speeding when the Ohio State Highway Patrol stopped his Cadillac on Devon Drive in Howland in September.
The State Trooper said Miketa refused to be tested for driving under the influence.
Miketa, who has been an employee of the Niles Police Department since 2001, appeared in Warren Municipal Court on Wednesday where he pleaded not contest to the speeding charge, and a charge of reckless operation, which was reduced from the original OVI charge.
The judge suspended 27 days of a 30 day jail sentence handed down to Miketa, who has been placed on probation for three years.
Niles Police Chief Jay Holland announced on Thursday that Miketa has been suspended from duty without pay for one week beginning May27.
Chief Holland noted that Miketa had no prior disciplinary record, but warned any similar conduct in the future will result in further discipline.