A New York Police Department officer has been suspended after he allegedly pulled his gun and threatened a woman who cut him off in traffic while he was off-duty this past weekend. The New York Daily News reports that the police officer was cut off in Long Island on Sunday, after which he flew off the handle in a fit of road rage, allegedly pulling his weapon on the woman who cut him off.
According to the New York Daily News, officer Donald Vale was driving in Long Island on Sunday afternoon. At around 4:10 p.m., the victim accidentally cut him off in traffic. Vale reportedly became enraged and began to pursue the woman who had cut him off, then allegedly threatened her with his firearm. Vale was caught because the victim wrote down his license plate number as the off-duty cop sped away from the scene, and gave the information to police when she filed a report.
Sources with the NYPD told the New York Daily News that Vale was interviewed about the reported incident, and admitted to pursuing the woman after she cut him off. Vale, who has been with the New York police force for 14 years, has been charged by the NYPD with menacing. He has been suspended pending the results of the case against him, according to the New York Daily News.
The New York Daily News further reports that Vale works for the NYPD's Character Assessment Division, which vets new recruits to the police department.