Portland officer faces ID misdemeanor charge

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Portland, Ore., police officer accused of pointing a pistol at another motorist while driving in Post Falls, Idaho, is being charged with a misdemeanor.

Portland police said Tuesday they have placed Capt. Todd Wyatt on paid leave due to the pending criminal case and are also conducting an internal investigation.

At the time of the reported Aug. 13 road rage complaint, The Oregonian reports that Wyatt was on vacation with his wife and children. Post-vacation, he was temporarily reassigned from traffic to work on special projects.

Police Lt. Robert King said in a statement that the Kootenai County, Idaho, district attorney's office had notified Portland police that it was charging Wyatt with "exhibition or use of a deadly weapon." The maximum penalty is six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.