Teacher punched teen during road rage incident, deputies say

ALOHA, Ore. A Washington County sheriff's spokesman said a high school teacher was arrested after a road rage incident that left a teenage driver with a bleeding lip and swollen eye.

Sgt. Dave Thompson said 17-year-old Alexander Hoang told deputies he was driving at the 25 mph speed limit Thursday in a residential area of Aloha, when another driver began tailgating him.

"He was following really closely. I was like 'okay I got a tailgater on me,'" Hoang said. "When I stepped on my brake to slow down to 20 in the school zone, he was really, really angry. I could see him weaving behind me."

The other driver passed Hoang, swerved into him and stopped in front of him.

According to Hoang and other witnesses, the other driver approached on foot, forced open his car door and started hitting him in the face.

"Before I could talk, he landed a couple of punches on my face," Hoang said.

After the attack, Thompson said the man drove home. Witnesses followed him and turned him in.

Bruce Clevenger, 62, was arrested for investigation of hit and run, reckless driving, fourth-degree assault and harassment. He was released on his own recognizance.

Clevenger was placed on paid administrative leave from his job as a special education teacher at Hillsboro's Liberty High School, a district spokesperson said. The district is investigating the incident.

"I was really surprised when I heard he was a teacher," said Hoang. "Teachers are supposed to be good examples for everybody."

KATU's Dan Cassuto contributed to this story.