A social worker for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families is facing multiple charges after he allegedly threatened the occupants of another vehicle with a loaded gun in a road rage incident in New Hampshire last month.
Marc Beaulieu, 49, of Fremont, New Hampshire, is charged with reckless conduct and endangering the welfare of a child. He is free on $5,000 personal recognizance bail pending his arraignment on July 12.
According to the Union Leader, Beaulieu has worked for DCF for nearly 20 years.
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Police said the incident in question occurred around 1 p.m. on Portsmouth Avenue in Stratham on May 21. The two vehicles were traveling in an area where the roadway narrows from two lanes into one.
The social worker allegedly brandished a handgun and threatened the occupants of the other vehicle with it. The chlid endangerment charge stems from the fact that a child was a passenger in Beaulieu's vehicle at the time.
After the road rage incident, a minor accident occurred between the two involved vehicles.
In a statement, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families says it takes the allegations "seriously," and that Beaulieu has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.