COVINGTON, Ga. - A Stone Mountain police officer and her 17-year-old son are accused of confronting and chasing a 23-year-old Covington man in broad daylight.
Newton County deputies charged Officer Diane Sinclair with reckless conduct and aggressive driving May 13. Chief Chancy Troutman told FOX 5's Portia Bruner he placed Sinclair on leave shortly after her arrest.
"I can't comment on this case while we're investigating, but I can tell you, we do take the allegations very seriously," the chief said.
Randy Foster said he had no idea Sinclair was a police officer when she allegedly got out of her car and confronted him on Kirkland Road at Kirkland Court
"You think you're just talking trash with somebody in traffic and you just never know how things are going to go until it goes like this and gets out of hand," Foster said.
Foster said a mattress he tied to the top of his SUV fell off in front of Sinclair's car. He said she pulled in front of him to block him and that's when Terrence Sinclair allegedly got out of the car and pointed a gun. Sources told FOX 5 News, the 17-year-old grabbed his mother's service weapon. She was off duty in her personal car at the time.
"She never said anything about me about being a police officer. She just kept screaming about her car and the mattress and so was her son," said Foster.
Foster said the Sinclairs chased him for almost two miles until he stopped at his uncle's boxing gym in Covington, jumps out of the vehicle, and ran around the building to get away. Gerald Evans said he did not think twice about standing in front of his nephew as Terrence Sinclair allegedly pointed his mother's weapon. He said he was stunned and disappointed when he heard the woman who allegedly chased her nephew was a police officer.
"You are a police officer you should know better. You let your son grab your weapon and didn't do anything to stop him. Didn't even say you were a police officer," said Evans.
The Sinclairs are out on bond. Terrence Sinclair is charged with aggravated assault, pointing a weapon at a person and possession of a weapon by a person under the age of 18.
There was no answer at the door of the Sinclairs’ Covington home on Friday for a comment.