- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a northern New Mexico sheriff indicted for roughing up a motorist made a fourth questionable traffic stop.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in court papers late Wednesday that Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella harassed a Los Alamos woman and her husband in August 2013.

Prosecutors say Rodella in plain clothes and in an unmarked truck pulled Lisa Gonzales and her husband on a mountainous road for speeding. Court papers say Rodella pull alongside and yelled obscenities when the couple waited to find space to stop.

Robert Gorence, Rodella’s attorney, says he will respond to the new filing in court.

Authorities say it was the fourth questionable stop Rodella has made.

Prosecutors filed Wednesday a new indictment against Rodella for deprivation of rights and brandishing a firearm in connection with a March encounter with another motorist. Gorence says his client is innocent.



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