Northern Idaho jury acquits Portland officer

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A jury in Kootenai County, Idaho, has acquitted Portland police Capt. Todd Wyatt in a road rage case.

The Oregonian reported (http://bit.ly/yJkPLC ) the verdict on a misdemeanor charge of "exhibition or use of a deadly weapon" came Thursday.

Wyatt was returning from vacation in August with his wife and two teenage children in a pickup truck on Interstate 90 near Post Falls. A driver in a car said he pointed a pistol.

Wyatt's lawyer said the officer held his badge and holstered gun to the windshield because the vehicles nearly collided and the other motorist cut him off several times and slowed down.

Wyatt was on paid leave, but his lawyer says he expects the decision will allow him to return to work.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com