Warren patrol commander demoted

WARREN — The commander of the Warren post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was demoted and reassigned to another post after an internal investigation found he attempted to have his wife’s traffic citation dismissed.

Brian Holt, a former lieutenant, was charged with violation of Ohio State Highway Patrol rules and regulations, conduct unbecoming of an officer and responsibility to command, records state.

Holt was demoted to sergeant and assigned to the Canfield post for failing to correct an erroneous court date issued to his wife Letra Holt by Trooper Doug Bolen after a Jan. 18 traffic crash on state Route 46 for which she was cited after rear-ending a vehicle in front of her.

Bolen gave Letra Holt a court date of March 1, which he told investigators was an error on his part and not something Brian Holt told him to do.

“You exploited the same error on your wife’s traffic citation in an attempt to have her case dismissed,” John Born, director of the department of public safety, said in a June 6 notice to Holt. “You contacted the prosecutor in an on-duty status and used your position in an attempt to garner information regarding the filing of a motion to dismiss the case due to a speedy trial issue.”

Brian Holt contacted prosecutor Gil Blair Feb. 27 and the two talked about the parameters of a speedy trial, records state. Blair said Brian Holt, whom he considers a friend, never asked for a plea deal or to have the case dismissed and he denied telling him to file a motion. However, Brian Holt told investigators Blair told him “it was worth a shot to file a motion to dismiss for a speedy trial” and that the motion was written “almost verbatim” as to what Blair told him to write, the report states.

Letra Holt pleaded guilty in March to failure to assure a cleared distance ahead.