An off-duty police officer in Medford, Massachusetts, lost his cool when he caught a driver making a wrong turn in a traffic circle and pulled him over.
Medford police confirmed that Detective Stephen Lebert was put on administrative leave Monday after the driver's dash cam video surfaced showing Lebert threatening to “blow a hole through [the driver's] f---ing head." In the video, Lebert appeared to be wearing cargo shorts and a white tank top and chased the driver down after he made the wrong turn.
“I’m a f***ing Medford detective," Lebert can be heard saying in the video. "And you went through that f***ing Rotary.”
The driver, who told the Boston Globe reported as a 25-year-old year old software developer who wished to only be identified as Mike, repeatedly apologized in the video and claimed that he didn't see the sign. He told the Boston Globe that he was in an unfamiliar area of town and had gotten lost.
“You’re lucky I’m a f***ing cop,"Lebert said. "Cause I’d be beating the f***ing piss outta you right now.”
Mike informed the officer that he had a dash camera, and it was on, to which Lebert promised he would seize the camera.
Once other officers arrived on the scene, they confirmed Lebert was one of their detectives.
"I am troubled by what I have seen on the video," Medford Police Chief Leo Sacco said in a statement. "I was upset to see one of my officers involved in this kind of activity.
“He’s a 30-year member of the department and works in our detective division,” Sacco told the Boston Globe. “He’s a very effective police officer but last night’s incident that’s on video, at least that portion of the video that I saw, is troubling to say the least.”
The date on the dash cam erroneously read July 28, but the incident actually occurred on July 26.