Lawrence police officer no longer with department after felony charge in Johnson County road rage incident

photo by: Johnson County Sheriff's Office

Jeffrey B. Holtzman

A Lawrence police officer has resigned from the force after being charged with a felony in an apparent off-duty road rage incident in Johnson County.

Jeffrey B. Holtzman, 52, of Lawrence, is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly threatening another man with a deadly weapon on Oct. 18, 2018, according to a complaint filed the following day in Johnson County District Court. The case is still pending.

The victim in the road-rage incident reported that the suspect pulled alongside him and pointed a handgun at him while they were both driving on Interstate 435 near Interstate 35, said Master Police Officer Danny Chavez, public information officer for the Lenexa Police Department. Chavez said he didn’t have specifics about what precipitated the incident.

The victim took a photo of the suspect’s license plate and called 911, Chavez said.

He said police pulled over the suspect’s vehicle and took him into custody without incident on Kansas Highway 10 near Cedar Creek Parkway. Chavez said the suspect was not in a police uniform though he said he could not confirm he was an off-duty officer.

Holtzman resigned from the Lawrence Police Department on Nov. 7, 2018, Sgt. Amy Rhoads said in an email. He had been employed by the department for about nine years, she said.

Rhoads declined to confirm Holtzman was off-duty when the Lenexa incident occurred or comment further on the case.

Messages to Holtzman’s listed attorney, Jason Billam, weren’t immediately returned late Tuesday. A reporter was unable to leave a message at a number listed for Holtzman.

According to court records, Holtzman remains free on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond, posted the day after the incident.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd


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