WATERLOO – A police officer charged with assault in a road rage incident may use a self defense argument at trial.
Corbin Allen Payne, a lieutenant with the Waterloo Police Department, is charged with misdemeanor assault in the June 21 incident. He was placed on administrative leave.
On Oct. 3, defense attorneys Carter Stevens and Heather Prendergast filed a notice with the court that Payne plans to argue he acted in self defense or defense of others. Payne pleaded not guilty to the charges in September.
Trial is tentatively set for November in Black Hawk County District Court.
Payne, who was off duty, allegedly pounded on a car and grabbed the other driver after accusing him of cutting off a vehicle he was a passenger in.
During the investigation, Payne allegedly told authorities the other motorist was driving fast and nearly caused a crash, court records state.