NEWPORT NEWS - A veteran detective with the Newport News Police Department is on suspension after being charged in a road rage incident, police said.
While on duty, 58-year-old Michael D. Poole allegedly honked his horn, made hand gestures, and followed Michael White and White's passenger, James Powell, about 2 miles up Jefferson Avenue the afternoon of September 6. White told police he was trying to change lanes when Poole got angry with him.
Once in the parking lot, Poole supposedly argued with White then showed him a gun.
According to the summons filed in court, White said Poole tried to lure him to his truck and threatened to "pop a cap in him."
Poole got back in his truck and drove off but was pulled over in the area of Fort Eustis Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue, authorities added.
Poole has been with the department for 27 years and is assigned to the Intelligence Unit. He's on administrative suspension with pay pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings and an internal investigation by the Department’s Professional Standards Division.
White and Powell obtained criminal summonses for two counts of misdemeanor brandishing a firearm. Poole was arrested Monday and has been released on a summons.
He's due in Newport News General District Court for arraignment and bond hearing on October 1, according to on-line court records.
Mike Jenkins, an attorney for White and Powell, said in a statement:
On September 6, 2012, my clients, Michael White and James Powell, were the victims of a road rage incident in the City of Newport News. It is suspected that the individual responsible for brandishing a firearm and threatening my clients is a member of the Newport News Police.
We are fortunate to have professional and dedicated men and women serving in law enforcement. However, it saddens me to think that those who have sworn an oath to serve and protect could endanger and threaten a law abiding citizen in such a manner.
Mr. White and Mr. Powell are mindful and respectful of our criminal justice process. Despite the harm they have suffered they are encouraged by the decision of the Newport News Police to temporarily suspend the officer in question. However, rest assured that Mr. White and Mr. Powell are fully prepared to pursue all legal remedies available to them to ensure justice is served in this troubling incident.