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Not guilty plea from teacher accused of losing it in fit of road rage

Not guilty plea from teacher accused of losing it in fit of road rage
Bruce Clevenger leaves court on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. KATU photo.

HILLSBORO, Ore. - A teacher accused of beating a teenager in a fit of road rage pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

Police say 62-year-old Bruce Clevenger, a special education teacher at Liberty High School, lost his cool on the road earlier this month and attacked another driver.

According to the witnesses, Clevenger hit 17-year-old Alexander Hoang's car, got out of his own car and punched the young man in the face. They said it appeared Clevenger was angry at Hoang for slowing down, even though the teenager was doing so because he was entering a school zone.

"He was following really closely," Hoang said following what happened. "I was like 'OK, I got a tailgater on me.' 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."

Witnesses said Clevenger swerved into Hoang's car, got out, forced open the driver's side door on the teenager's car and started swinging.

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

Clevenger then took off but bystanders followed him home and turned him in to police. He is now facing charges of hit and run, reckless driving, fourth-degree assault and harassment. His trial is scheduled to start next month.

Clevenger, who is on paid leave from Liberty High School pending the outcome of the case, had no comment as he left the courtroom on Tuesday.