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Waterloo officer charged in road rage incident

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WATERLOO — A ranking Waterloo police officer has been changed in connection with a June road rage incident.

Prosecutors filed a criminal complaint for a charge of assault causing bodily injury against Corbin Allen Payne.

Payne, 45, is a lieutenant with the Waterloo Police Department and has been in charge of the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force.

The charge, a misdemeanor, stems from a June 12 road rage incident that happened while he was off-duty in Waterloo.

Payne had been a passenger in a vehicle, and he accused another driver of cutting him off. He struck the other vehicle and grabbed the driver.

When Waterloo police who were on duty learned of the incident, they handed the matter over to the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office for investigation, which is a standard move with allegations involving police officers, said Police Chief Daniel Trelka.

Trelka commended the officers for their professionalism in bringing another agency on board to investigate.

The case was turned over to the Dubuque County Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

An initial court appearance for Payne is scheduled for Aug. 16.

Payne was placed on desk duty after the incident. On Friday, when Waterloo police learned charges were forthcoming, Payne was placed on paid administrative leave, Trelka said. He said the police department is running its own internal affairs investigation into the matter.

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