Warwick officer pleads not guilty to an alleged road rage incident from July

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WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – A Warwick police officer pleaded not guilty in court on Monday, for an alleged road rage incident that happened in July. 

27-year-old David Boardman was arraigned at Kent County court on a charge of disorderly conduct and vandalism. 

Boardman was released on $2,000 personal recognizance. 

According to an arrest report, four men were traveling toward Warwick around 1:00 a.m. on July 14 when they noticed a vehicle, operated by Boardman, following them and flashing its high beams.

 The two vehicles came to a stop beside each other at a red light, where a comment was made regarding Boardman tailgating the group of men.
 The report said Boardman then exited his vehicle before breaking off the passenger’s side-view mirror of the victims’ car and driving away from the scene.
After an investigation into the incident and interviews with the victims, Warwick Police were able to identify Boardman as the suspect and place him under arrest.
Warwick Police Chief Colonel Rick Rathbun said Boardman has been suspended from the force pending the criminal case and an internal investigation.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on August 26 for a pre-trial hearing. 

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