Remember last summer there was that road rage incident in Idaho that involved
an off-duty Portland police officer? Well, the case went to trial recently,
and the police officer, Captain Todd Wyatt, was acquitted of the charge
of exhibiting a firearm. That doesn’t mean, though, that he was
in the right. In fact, based on
this article in the Oregonian, it kind of seems like both parties were responsible.
Wyatt was headed home from vacation with his family during the road rage
incident that took place near the Idaho-Washington border. At one point
he waved his gun at the other car, and later he was pulled over by Washington
Wyatt claims he held his gun and his badge up to the window to try to communicate
to the other vehicle that he was a police officer and that they should
back off. He says the other car cut him off several times and would slow
down in front of him and was putting both vehicles and other motorists
in danger. The occupants of the other car, however, had a different story.
The driver admitted to passing Wyatt on the one-lane freeway onramp, but
then, he claims, Wyatt began to follow him and waved a gun at him, frightening
him enough to prompt him to call 9-1-1. That is what led to Wyatt being
pulled over by troopers.
Wyatt may have been acquitted in Idaho, but the Portland Police Bureau
is continuing its investigation of him to see if he violated bureau policy.