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Off-duty police officer arrested for allegedly assaulting man he rear-ended

Police arrested an off-duty fellow officer on Jan. 2 on charges of assault, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, menacing, reckless driving, improper use of a siren, and leaving the scene of an accident, police said.

Officers arrested the 24-year-old officer at 8 pm after he allegedly struck a victim in the face with a firearm on Avenue N and Bedford Avenue, according to police.

Police did not respond to repeated inquiries about which precinct the officer was assigned to. However, the incident occurred in Midwood, within the confines of the 70th Precinct, which is also where the officer lives, but police said he was arrested in the 68th Precinct, which covers Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights.

The off-duty officer reportedly rear-ended another vehicle in his personal car and in an ensuing altercation shouted “Don’t you know who I am? I’m NYPD!” before hitting the victim in the face with a pair of handcuffs and driving off, according to the New York Post.

He has been suspended without pay, police confirmed.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.

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