North Tonawanda Cop Not to be Suspended for Role in Controversial DWI Plea

August 5, 2010 Updated Aug 5, 2010 at 4:27 PM EDT

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North Tonawanda Cop Not to be Suspended for Role in Controversial DWI Plea

August 5, 2010 Updated Aug 5, 2010 at 4:27 PM EDT

NORTH TONAWANDA, NY (WKBW) - The North Tonawanda Police officer involved in the controversial plea deal for the daughter of a City Councilwoman will not face suspension.

23-year-old Sara Donovan was charged with DWI after officers say she smashed into two parked vehicles on Payne Avenue following a night out at a local bar on July 11.

Those charges were later reduced to traffic tickets in a plea deal.

North Tonawanda Police Lieutenant Nathan Acht-Ziger vouched for Sara Donovan in a meeting with the Niagara County District Attorney after her arrest.

The North Tonawanda Police Chief said in a statement Thursday that Acht-Ziger has received a written warning for violating the department's rules of conduct, but will not face any further discipline.

"This issue has been satisfied by the lieutenant receiving a written warning for a violation of prohibited conduct and he has received instruction in the proper use and interpretation of the Rules of Conduct for the North Tonawanda Police Department. I have determined that his input was not the deciding factor in allowing a plea to be made outside of the DWI statute," said Chief of Police Randy Szukala in a written statement.

Szukala also added that Lieutenant Acht-Ziger has been a dedicated member of the department since 1988 and has done "much good to make the City of North Tonawanda a better place."