Metro Officer Pulled Gun in Maryland Road Rage Incident

A Metro Transit Police officer identified himself as "the police" and pulled a gun on another driver in an episode of road rage.

Steven Lee Smith, 39, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of second-degree assault and one count of misconduct in office, Montgomery County prosecutors said Wednesday.

Smith, who has been a Metro Transit Police officer for the past 15 years, was pulling out of the Citgo station near Connecticut and Georgia avenues in Silver Spring, Maryland, on April 12 when he became involved in an altercation with a driver in another car, prosecutors said.

He pulled out his service weapon and said he was "the police," according to prosecutors.

Additional details on the incident were not released immediately.

Smith appeared in court Wednesday. He agreed to resign from the Metro Transit Police force, and will lose his pension.

"The alleged actions in this case are unacceptable to us, and have no place within the Metro Transit Police Department," a Metro spokesman said.

Information on Smith's lawyer was not available immediately.

Nearly eight in every 10 drivers in the U.S. admit expressing anger, aggression or road rage at least once in the previous year, according to results of a survey released last week.

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