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Off-Duty Prince George’s Cop Arrested in Road Rage Case

Off-duty Prince George’s County Police officer Joey Torres allegedly followed a vehicle that had passed him on the highway and pointed his gun at the driver.

Off-Duty Prince George’s Cop Arrested in Road Rage Case
An off-duty Prince George’s Police corporal has been charged with assault for an alleged case of road rage after another driver passed his vehicle on the interstate.

Officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department were called Tuesday morning to a parking lot on the 700 block of East Ordnance Road in Curtis Bay on a report of a person with a gun. Officers identified the man holding the weapon as Prince George County Police Cpl. Joey Torres, who was not on duty.

The other party involved, a 47-year-old man, told police he was driving on Interstate 97 when he saw Torres’s vehicle, a Chevrolet Equinox, in the left lane in front of him. The driver moved behind Torres, but passed him when Torres slowed down.

The victim told police that Torres began driving behind him, following him onto Interstate 695 East and into the parking lot.

When the victim tried to leave the parking lot, Torres allegedly blocked the exit with his own vehicle and then took a gun from the trunk and pointed it at the victim’s car.

Anne Arundel County Police officers took possession of Torres’s service weapon, a loaded Smith & Wesson .40-caliber handgun.

Torres was arrested and charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and using a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.

Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw said in a statement that

“When one of our officers is accused of criminal wrongdoing, the Prince George’s County Police Department takes those allegations very seriously. This department holds our officers to a high set of standards, whether on or off duty and our community deserves that.”

The department’s Special Investigation Response Team immediately launched an administrative investigation after learning of Torres’ arrest, Magaw said. Torres is suspended with pay pending an administrative hearing.

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