Reporting Marty Griffin
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An Allegheny County Police officer is under arrest, and facing 20 criminal charges in three separate road rage incidents.
Court documents say Detective Andrew Marculaitis, a more than 20-year county police veteran, was involved in road rage incidents on May 23, May 26, and May 31.
Police are so concerned about his mental state, he has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation before he is released on bond.
“I want everyone to keep in mind, this is a police officer who got injured on St. Patrick’s Day falling off his horse,” said Phil DiLucente, the defense attorney. “When he fell off of that horse, he has been on light duty and he’s on a lot of medication.”
In at least one of the alleged incidents, Marculaitis is accused of attacking and threatening drivers in Brentwood.
Police say in that incident, Marculaitis was on a motorcycle, flashed his badge and wore a Blue Knights’ motorcycle club vest when he allegedly threatened two men and used racial slurs.
Part of that alleged incident was recorded on cell phone by one of the victims.
Seven witnesses came forward and identified Marculaitis as the suspect in the road rage incidents.
During two of the incidents, Marculaitis possessed and displayed a gun.
“Anytime a police officer, let alone a county police officer, has been arrested, it’s serious,” said DiLuncente.
Marculaitis has been suspended by county police, and has surrendered his badge and gun.
His bond is set at $100,000, but he will not be able to post it until he undergoes that mental evaluation.