A northern Alberta Mountie is facing criminal charges after a roadside confrontation with a motorist during which he allegedly pulled a gun.
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A northern Alberta Mountie is facing criminal charges after a roadside confrontation with a motorist during which he allegedly pulled a gun.Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) executive director Susan Hughson announced charges against the Wood Buffalo RCMP member Friday.Hughson said the incident happened Dec. 28, 2017, on a highway west of Barrhead. The Mountie was off duty and driving his personal vehicle when he became “embroiled in a driving dispute,” Hughson said.During the dispute, the RCMP member allegedly confronted the woman driving the other vehicle, pointed a gun at her and confined her at roadside. ASIRT was directed to investigate in February 2018.Hughson was not 100 per cent sure whether the gun the officer is alleged to have pulled was his police-issued service weapon.“Needless to say for the person involved, she wouldn’t have known either way.”Hughson added there is “no suggestion” the officer and the woman knew each other prior to the incident.Hughson referred questions about the officer’s duty status and employment history to the RCMP. RCMP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Const. Barnaby Seregelyi was charged Thursday with dangerous driving, assault with a weapon, unlawful confinement and pointing a firearm. He was released on conditions and is scheduled to appear in Barrhead provincial court.ASIRT investigates cases where people are injured or killed by police officers, as well as serious allegations of police misconduct.Thirty-two Alberta law enforcement officers have been charged as a result of an ASIRT investigation since the agency’s founding in email@example.com/jonnywakefield