- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Maryland State Police charged an off-duty U.S. Secret Service officer with two felonies in a "road rage" incident over the weekend.
He is accused of pointing a handgun at a driver on a Western Maryland interstate highway, authorities said.
Justin Paul Leasure, 25, of Laurel was placed on administrative leave immediately after being charged Sunday night, said Agent John Gill, a Secret Service spokesman. Officer Leasure was charged with four criminal counts for handgun violations.
"We characterize it as a road-rage incident," said Sgt. James Meyers of the state police barrack at Cumberland in Allegany County.
The barrack received a cellular phone call about 8 p.m. Sunday from the driver of a blue station wagon who reported that the driver of a red car had pointed a gun at him, according to Maryland State Police. Both cars were traveling east on Interstate 68.
State police dispatched a trooper and informed Cumberland city police, who located the car and pulled over Officer Leasure. The trooper also went to the site where Officer Leasure had been pulled over.
A witness, who was also traveling east on Interstate 68, later corroborated the account given by the driver of the station wagon, charging documents state.
The driver of the station wagon "advised that he saw a male reach across the passenger seat and point a black handgun at him," charging documents say.
Officer Leasure declined comment when contacted at home last night.
But charging documents state that he told a state police trooper that he was cut off by the blue station wagon, which he thought would have killed him.
"Leasure stated he held up his badge and not a gun. The badge was made of a shiny gold material. The badge did not fit the description of the item displayed. Both the victim and the witness in this matter described the item as black, long and slender," charging documents state.
Maryland State Police found a .357-caliber Sig Sauer on the floor on the passenger side of Officer Leasure's car and a 9 mm Glock in the back. Both are black. Officer Leasure identified the Sig Sauer as his service weapon.
After interviews with Officer Leasure, the driver of the station wagon and a witness, Maryland State Police charged Officer Leasure with first- and second-degree assault, use of a handgun during the commission of a felony and reckless endangerment, Sgt. Meyers said.
"I can't give you any details about the investigation or about the individual," Agent Gill said, noting that Secret Service policy prohibits further discussion.
Officer Leasure was released on $30,000 bail.

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