A 62-year-old Liberty High School teacher was arrested Thursday for assaulting a 17-year-old during a road rage incident in Aloha.
Washington County Sheriff's deputies charged Bruce Clevenger of Aloha with failing to perform the duties of a driver (hit and run), reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person, fourth-degree assault (two counts) and harassment. He was booked into the Washington County Jail.
Deputies say that although the student attends a school in the district where Clevenger teaches, the two do not know each other. They say Clevenger was angry that the victim was driving too slowly.
According to the sheriff's office, at about 4:22 p.m. on April 4, deputies responded to an assault call in the area of Southwest Johnson Street and Southwest 200th Court in Aloha and part of the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District.
When deputies arrived, they contacted a 17-year-old boy who was bleeding from the mouth and had a swollen eye. The victim said he was driving east from Southwest 229th Avenue on Southwest Johnson St in his 2000 Acura when he noticed a man tailgating him in a 1998 Honda. The victim said he was traveling at the 25 mph speed limit in the residential area.
Deputies later identified the man driving the Honda as Clevenger, an Aloha resident. Deputies learned from the victim and other witnesses that Clevenger was tailgating the victim very closely, then passed him and, when he came alongside of the victim, steered into his car and caused a minor crash.
Clevenger then pulled in front of the victim and they both stopped. Clevenger got out and approached the victim's car. He was visibly angry and yelling at the victim. He pulled the victim's door open and started to punch the victim in the face.
According to the deputies, Clevenger is much larger than the victim, and easily overpowered his resistance to the assault. Mr. Clevenger then returned to his car a left the scene. Witnesses, and the victim, got his license plate number. Another witness followed Mr. Clevenger to his home and called emergency dispatchers.
Deputies responded to Clevenger's home in Aloha and arrested him without incident.
The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries to his face, and was not transported to the hospital.