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Police fire sergeant involved in 2010 road rage incidents

Scott Westerman was the former Portland Police Association leader

Portland police Sgt. Scott Westerman, who was accused more than a year ago of two road rage incidents against the same driver, was fired Friday.

Police Chief Michael Reese said the firing came after an internal investigation into the January 2010 incidents. Reese said Westerman violated bureau directives governing professional conduct and courtesy to the public, making his firing 'the appropriate level of discipline.'

'I arrived at this decision by carefully reviewing the Internal Affairs investigation of these incidents as well as the findings from the Performance Review Board, which concluded unanimously that Sgt. Westerman violated bureau directives and recommended termination as the appropriate level of discipline,' Reese said.

Westerman, former head of the Portland Police Association, had been with the police bureau for 19 years, most recently assigned to the Telephone Reporting Unit. He was then placed on administrative leave pending the final disciplinary decision.

The road rage incidents involved Virginia Thompson and her husband, who filed a complaint with the city's Independent Police Review Division about Westerman's conduct. Thompson claimed that on Jan. 28, 2010, Westerman, who was off duty at the time, got out of his car on Southeast Glisan Street near Interstate 205 and yelled at her because of her bright headlights. On Jan. 30, 2010, Thompson said Westerman again yelled as she and her husband as they drove near Southwest 91st Avenue in Beaverton.

Westerman resigned in June 2010 as head of the Portland Police Association.