Man in road rage incident insists he's a police detective

A Watertown, Minn. man was arrested and charged in a road rage incident in which he allegedly brandished a handgun and asserted he was a police detective.

On Jan. 2 around 9 p.m., a man and passenger were apparently being followed by Charles Robert Christie, 30, who was brandishing a handgun and then proceeded to block the road in Mound, Minn., preventing the man from passing. The man drove around him and Christie "aggressively" followed the man to Watertown, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reported.

The man pulled over to allow Christie to pass, but he stopped, got out of his pickup and pointed a handgun toward the two inside the car. Christie apparently whipped out a black wallet with a white ID badge and claimed he was a detective from the Minnetrista Police Department.

Christie admitted to his involvement in a "road rage" incident, but denied waving the gun and identifying himself as a police officer. Deputies recovered a handgun from Christie's car, and he was charged with second-degree felony assault and impersonating a police officer. Police did not reveal how the incident started in the first place.

Christie posted $20,000 bond and was released from Carver County Jail. He will appear again in court on Jan. 30.


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