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Truck driver arrested for attempted abduction

NORTH BEND - A long-haul truck driver is being held in lieu of $1 million bail on suspicion of attacking and attempting to abduct a woman on Interstate 90 in North Bend after convincing her to pull over.

According to charging papers, Roger William Oliver, 37, of Ellensburg, made the woman think something was wrong with her car so she would stop. When she did, prosecutors said, he beat her and tried to pull her into his tractor-trailer rig.

King County prosecutors called Oliver an extreme danger to the community and said he is a flight risk. He also faces charges of indecent liberties in Kittitas County after an attack on an Ellensburg woman in March, according to court documents filed last week.

In King County, Oliver is charged with one count each of second-degree assault and second-degree attempted kidnapping. He is being held in the Regional Justice Center in Kent and is scheduled for arraignment July 19.

The attack on I-90 happened July 2. A 52-year-old woman told police she was driving alone in the North Bend area about 3 p.m. when she noticed a semi-tractor-trailer keeping pace with her.

The truck driver got behind her and flashed his lights, so she moved into the slow lane. He passed her, turned on his blinker and tapped his brakes. She thought he was giving her a warning signal, she told police.

She pulled over near Exit 38, and the truck driver took the exit, stopping a little farther ahead. He told her it looked like she was losing rubber from one of her tires and offered to change it for her.

According to court documents, the truck driver felt each tire, but couldnOt tell which one was bad. The woman said she would try to make it to her destination in Cle Elum. A few minutes later, she ran over something that made a clunking noise.

The semi driver flashed his lights behind her, so she pulled over again, as did he. The driver helped her move items in the hatchback to get to the spare tire, but when she turned her back to him, he reportedly grabbed her around the waist and neck and told her to get in the truck.

The woman told investigators she fought as the man dragged her toward the truck and tried to force her into the passenger side. He punched her between the eyes, she scratched his face and he slammed her head into the cab of the semi, according to the charging paper. She said the man also grabbed the front of her shirt.

The woman broke away and flagged down a passing driver, and the truck driver sped off as she called police on her cellular phone.

About an hour later, a Washington State Patrol trooper saw a semi matching the description the woman gave. The trooper tried to stop the truck, but Oliver accelerated and a second trooper joined the pursuit. A trooper contacted Oliver by citizens-band radio and convinced him to pull off I-90, according to the charging papers. He pulled into a rest stop, where troopers arrested him.

Investigators said they found evidence of a struggle on the passenger side of OliverOs truck, including blood on the door.

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