Crime

Pasco driver allegedly restrained ex-girlfriend from exiting truck

A Pasco man is accused of pulling on his ex-girlfriend’s long hair and restraining her so she couldn’t get out of his truck while he was driving.

The passenger side door of Randy A. Rodgers’ truck was open as a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy witnessed the alleged moving altercation.

Rodgers, 34, has pleaded innocent in Franklin County Superior Court to unlawful imprisonment, a felony, and fourth-degree assault, a gross misdemeanor. Both charges include domestic violence allegations.

Rodgers’ trial is scheduled Nov. 4.

Deputy Paul L. Hill said his patrol car was parked at 1:55 p.m. Aug. 29 on Livingston Road when he noticed the truck heading west with a door wide open.

He saw two people struggling inside the truck and, as it got closer, observed the female passenger trying to get out, but the driver was using both hands to restrain her.

When the truck almost left the roadway, the driver — later identified as Rodgers — had to let go of the passenger so he could turn the steering wheel to keep the truck on the road, court documents said.

Hill reported that he then saw Rodgers’ right arm reach across the truck, grab the woman’s long hair and start pulling, documents said.

The deputy stopped the truck on the next block.

Rodgers was ordered by Judge Alex Ekstrom to have no contact with the woman while the case is pending.

Defense attorney Daniel Stovern pointed out that his client has been a longtime Tri-City resident and asked for a “little consideration from the court” while the case is pending by dropping the bail to $5,000.

Deputy Prosecutor Frank Jenny argued that Rodgers has 23 prior felonies, including possession of drugs, identity theft, theft, possession of stolen property, residential burglary and multiple forgeries.

He added that Rodgers has gone to prison five times.

Stovern said there may be a discrepancy in that number because Rodgers said he only has had four prison stays.

Ekstrom said those reasons were not sufficient enough for a reduction, and ordered the bail to remain at $10,000. Rodgers is still in custody at the Franklin County jail.

Kristin M. Kraemer: 509-582-1531; kkraemer@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer

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