by: Tom Regan Updated:
NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. - A Stone Mountain police officer is facing charges following a roadway confrontation involving her teenage son.
Officer Diane Sinclair’s teenage son is accused of pulling a gun on a driver while he was in the car with his mother.
The incident happened in Newton County after another driver’s mattress fell off the roof of his car in front of the car Sinclair was driving.
After the mattress fell, the other driver, Randy Foster, said words were exchanged. That’s when he says 17-year-old Terrence Sinclair pulled out his mom’s police-issued gun.
“The gun came about when our cars were touching each other,” Foster said. “You never know what a person is going to do when they’re holding a pistol, holding a weapon.”
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Foster said he had no idea that an off-duty police officer and her son were in the other car because she never identified herself.
He said when the teen pointed the gun at him, he jumped back in his truck and took off, but he says it didn’t end there. He told Channel 2’s Tom Regan he damaged the officer’s car while driving off.
He said Sinclair followed him as he drove to the boxing gym where he works out. He said the teen then followed him around back and pointed the gun at him again as he tried to get into the building.
Foster's uncle intervened and got the teen to drop the weapon.
“Eventually the young man dropped the weapon and let my nephew through the door safely,” Gerald Evans said.
The teen faces felony charges, including assault and pointing a weapon at a person.
His mother is charged with reckless conduct and excessive speed.
Stone Mountain's police chief told Channel 2’s Tom Regan that he is disturbed by this incident. He said Officer Sinclair is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
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