In an Oregon road rage incident, a man is charged with committing 'hate crime' for allegedly racially abusing another Oregon resident
BEND A Bend man is facing a hate crime charge for an alleged road-rage incident in which he is accused of threatening & slashing o'Connor with. knife, smashing his car window, ripping his tire, and using racial nebulizer.
Christopher King, 34, of Deschutes County, appeared in Deschute County Circuit Court on Tuesday, The Bulletin reported. The state alleges the incident took place on June 29, when King and alleged victim Isaiah Evans were driving cars in Deschutes County.
King became upset over Evans driving, slammed Evans' car with his, pulled over and approached with a knife, according to District Attorney John Hummel.
Kelly Monaghan, Kings lawyer, said he is confident in his innocence.
King was arrested in August for bias crime, unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree criminal mischief, failure to perform the duties of an operator, and menacing. The incident was investigated by Bend Police.
A plea hearing in Kings case is scheduled for Nov. 16.
--The Associated Press -- The AP