Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on August 23rd, 2011 at 2:28 pm
Captain Todd Wyatt of the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division has been temporarily reassigned. According to the PPB, Wyatt was recently involved in an "off-duty incident while driving that involved another driver." The incident is being investigated by the Idaho State Police.
The Traffic Division is the primary contact for bicycling and traffic safety issues. Since taking over the division back in July 2010, Wyatt has been a fixture at bicycle and traffic-safety events. Wyatt and his Lieutenant Eric Schober have also been regular attendees of the Bicycle Advisory Committee meetings.
During this temporary reassignment Lt. Schober will be the Acting Captain of the Traffic Division. Depending
In other Traffic Division news, a selection has been made for the Bicycle Liaison position. Officer Ty Engstrom, a member of the Traffic Division-Motor Unit, will now serve in this part-time role. Expect to be hearing more about Officer Engstrom as he starts showing up to various bicycle policy meetings and as he gets familiar with Portland's bicycle advocacy and information ecosystem.
UPDATE: According to news sources, Captain Wyatt brandished a gun at the other driver and the incident is being called a case of road rage.