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Man charged with beating off-duty officer may go to trial

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man charged with beating an off-duty police officer during what authorities call a road rage incident may go to trial.

The Republican American reports that Mark Wingster's attorney says his client's case will proceed to trial until prosecutors make a satisfactory plea deal.

Wingster was charged in August 2017 with multiple offenses including assault on a police officer and reckless driving.

State police say Wingster was trying to merge on Route 8 in Shelton when Daniel Cyr refused to let him in front. Investigators say the men fought after Wingster pulled in front of Cyr and made an obscene gesture.

Cyr was charged with breach of peace. The Torrington police officer was later granted a special diversionary program and suspended by the department.


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