Sept. 25--NEWPORT NEWS -- On Monday, a Newport News police detective was charged in a case of road rage that a driver reported earlier in September, according to a police news release.
Police served Michael D. Poole, 58, with criminal summonses for two misdemeanor counts of brandishing a firearm, according to a Newport News police news release.
Poole, a 27-year department veteran who is assigned to the intelligence unit, was placed on administrative suspension with pay pending the outcome of criminal proceedings and an internal investigation by the department's Professional Standards Division, said Lou Thurston, a department spokesman in the release.
On Sept. 6, a 27-year-old Newport News man reported that another driver in the area of Jefferson Avenue and HQ Way "laid on the horn," made hand gestures and followed him to a parking lot, according to the news release.
The caller reported that the man got out of his car, approached his pickup truck and displayed a handgun after an exchange of words, the release said. The man then drove away, but the caller followed him.
Police located the man's vehicle and identified him as Poole, according to the release.
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