- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - A man reported he was assaulted when he stopped along Interstate 84 to clear tumbleweed from beneath his vehicle.

The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office says the man told investigators he was under his truck Wednesday morning and saw a dark colored sedan pull in behind him. When he stood up, a man punched him in the mouth and then began to kick him while he was on the ground.

The two men tussled as each tried to reach the driver’s side door. The victim says he punched the attacker in the throat and sped off while the assailant threw rocks at him.

The victim told police the assailants car smelled like it had overheated, and he believes the attacker was trying to steal his truck.

Authorities are asking witnesses to call the Umatilla County Sheriff.

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