A Prince George’s County police officer was charged Tuesday in connection with what authorities say was a road rage incident in which he allegedly followed a driver to a parking lot and pointed his service weapon at him while off-duty.
Anne Arundel County police arrested the 10-year Prince George’s County officer, Joey Torres, on Tuesday morning.
Police said Torres started following a car on I-97 after it passed him in traffic. The driver of the other car traveled from I-97 to I-695 East to Ordnance Road, and saw that Torres’s car was still behind his, authorities said.
The victim stopped in a parking lot on East Ordnance Road in Curtis Bay, and Torres drove into the parking lot as well, Anne Arundel police said. The victim turned to leave the parking lot, and Torres parked his car so that the driver could not leave the lot, then got out and pointed a gun toward the other driver, police said.
When the driver left the parking lot, police said, Torres attempted to follow him on foot.
The victim told police that Torres never identified himself as a police officer.
Anne Arundel County police took possession of Torres’ service weapon, which they said was loaded. He was charged with assault, reckless endangerment, and using a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence. He was released on Tuesday.
Prince George’s County police said that Torres had been suspended with pay while the department conducts an administrative investigation.