A Sequim man has pleaded not guilty to making a racially motivated threat to a Jamestown S’Klallam school bus driver Dec. 20.
Roger Dale Garman, 58, will have a two-day trial beginning March 12 in Clallam County Superior Court, Judge Brian Coughenour decided Friday, Dec. 29, at Garman’s arraignment.
Garman has been charged with felony malicious harassment-threaten a specific person for allegedly threatening the 54-year-old driver of the bus the afternoon of Dec. 20 after he made her stop while she drove the vehicle southbound on North Boyce Road, where he lives.
The driver said Garman, dressed in sweatpants and a blue checkered shirt, stood in the road and stretched out his hand to stop the vehicle, according to the arrest report.
“You (expletive) Indians, speeding up and down my roads,” Garman said, according to the probable cause statement. “The next time I see you doing it, I’m going to shoot you.”
The driver said she was “scared down to (her) bones.”
After the bus driver “quickly drove away,” she took notes recounting the incident in her log book.
The vehicle was “a clearly marked Jamestown tribal school bus,” according to the arrest report signed by reporting sheriff’s Deputy Amy Bundy and sheriff’s Sgt. John Hollis.