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.
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.
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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.