Oklahoma Officer Charged With Assault After Road-Rage Fueled Arrest
Motorist arrested for yelling "road rage sucks" while passing traffic stop
An Oklahoma City police officer has been charged with assault after arresting a driver during a fit of road rage.
Motorist Robert Biegler says he saw Sgt. Matthew Downing yelling at the female driver of a minivan stopped at a green light, according to KFOR. Feeling cheeky, Biegler rolled down his window as he drove past the scene of the traffic stop and shouted, 'Road rage sucks!"
Thinking no more of his action, Biegler proceeded to a convenience store for a cup of coffee. Downing, however, curtailed his first traffic stop and chased after Biegler. Finding him in the coffee shop, Biegler alleges Downing threw him onto the ground outside and arrested him.
The police officer said Biegler seemed mentally unstable and wrote him a citation for failing to devote his attention to the road. But Downing's supervisors felt differently, and the motorist was released shortly after they arrived on the scene.
"What our investigation is saying, is that we don't believe that the officer had justification for making the arrest at all," said Capt. Dexter Nelson, with the Oklahoma City Police Department. Nelson noted that every citizen has a right to free speech.
Downing is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
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