It was a road rage incident. The teacher was angry the teen was driving too slowly.
Thursday afternoon, Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded to an assault call in the area of SW Johnson Street and SW 200th Court.
When deputies arrived they contacted a 17-year-old male who was bleeding from the mouth and had a swollen eye. The victim told deputies he was driving east from SW 229th Avenue on SW Johnson St in his 2000 Acura. He said he noticed a man tailgating him in a 1998 Honda. He said he was traveling at the 25 MPH speed limit in the residential area. Deputies later identified the man driving the Honda as 62-year-old Bruce Clevenger of Aloha.
Deputies learned from the victim and other witnesses that Clevenger was tailgating the victim very closely. Clevenger passed him and when he came alongside of the victim, he 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. Clevenger is much larger in stature than the victim, and easily overpowered his resistance to the assault. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries to his face and was not transported to the hospital.
Clevenger then returned to his car a left the scene. Witnesses, and the victim, got his license plate number. Another witness followed Clevenger to his home and called 911. Deputies responded to his home in Aloha and arrested him without incident.
Clevenger was booked into the Washington County Jail on the following charges:
* Fail to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run)
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Assault IV (two counts)
Deputies reported that the man is a teacher at Liberty High School which is in the same school district as the victim, but they did not know each other prior to the incident. He was simply angry that the victim was driving too slowly.