East Oregonian A Montana man was arrested Monday in Hermiston after allegedly getting in a fight with his ex-girlfriend and refusing to let her out of the car.
Dustin James Diteman, 32, has been arrested and is charged with coercion, strangulation, assault in the fourth degree and menacing, all constituting domestic violence, as well as interfering with making a police report. The East Oregonian does not name victims of domestic violence.
A report by the Hermiston Police Department states that Diteman and the woman were driving east on Interstate 84 after leaving Beaverton and headed back toward Montana. The report states Diteman prevented the woman from getting out of their pickup truck when she attempted to, and took her cellphone from her when she tried to call for help. When they stopped at the Circle K market in Hermiston on North First Street, Diteman exited the car and the woman found the cellphone and was able to call for help. The Hermiston police arrived, and then arrested Diteman.
In police interviews, the woman states that she and Diteman got into a fight when stopped in The Dalles. As they were getting back on the road and about to enter the freeway, she tried to get out of the moving vehicle, as she was afraid Diteman would hurt her. She said Diteman pulled her back in by her hair and, afterward, punched her on top of her head several times, and then put his arm around her throat and pulled her and held her down close to him near the floorboard. She said she was unable to breathe for about five seconds. She also stated that he brandished a screwdriver and threatened to kill her.
Police interviews with Diteman state that he said the woman also hit him in the face with a fast food bag, and tried to exit the vehicle. He said he did not pull her hair or grab her throat, and that he did not hit or punch her. He also said he pulled her back by her waistband when she tried to exit the moving vehicle.
Both have also accused the other of stealing from each other, or refusing to pay each other back.
The case is being handled by the Wasco County District Attorney’s Office.