Off-duty Prince George's officer arrested on road rage, gun charges

An off-duty Prince George's County police officer was arrested in Curtis Bay Tuesday after a road rage incident that ended with him pointing his gun at another driver, Anne Arundel County police said.

The 47-year-old victim told police that the officer, identified as Joey Torres, 44, drove past him in a Chevrolet Equinox in the left lane on Intestate 97. The driver, who was not identified, said he moved his Volkswagen Passat into the lane behind the Equinox to keep up with traffic, police said.

When the Equinox slowed down, he passed it, and then the Equinox began following him, police said.

The victim drove to Interstate 695 eastbound to Ordnance Road when he noticed the Equinox was still behind him, police said. It continued to follow him as he pulled into a parking lot in the 700 block of E. Ordnance Road, police said.

The victim told police he tried to turn around and leave the lot, but Torres blocked the exit with his vehicle, then got out and retrieved a gun from the trunk. Other witnesses said he walked up to the car in an aggressive manner, stepped in front of it and pointed his gun into it, police said.

Police said Torres followed on foot as the victim drove away to another parking lot and called police around 7 a.m. He told police that Torres never identified himself as a police officer.

Anne Arundel County police took Torres's loaded Smith & Wesson M&P; 40 handgun and charged him with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and using a firearm in a violent crime. He appeared in court and was released on his own recognizance.

No lawyer was listed in online court records for Torres, of the 200 block of Thelma Ave. in Glen Burnie, and he could not be reached for comment.

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