Officer sentenced for drawing gun in road rage incident

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore police officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for a road rage incident in which he drew his gun on a pedestrian who threw tea on his new car.

The Baltimore Sun reports Officer Michael Gentil was sentenced on Wednesday following his August conviction on assault and using a gun in a crime of violence.

Kevin Miller said he was stepping out to cross Edison Highway in East Baltimore last January when he was nearly hit by a car. Prosecutors said the driver failed to yield to the pedestrian. Miller said he was startled and threw his tea by accident.

Testimony revealed Gentil stopped, pointed his gun at the pedestrian and ordered him facedown on the pavement.

Gentil had been an officer for 24 years.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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