Pilot employee faces assault charge for hitting trucker with broomstick

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Friday, October 24, 2014

An employee of a Pilot truck stop in California is behind bars after police said he assaulted a truck driver with a broomstick on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

The suspect, 30-year-old Kristopher Oliver, of Boran, Calif., is charged with assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. He remains in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail.

The incident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Pilot travel center on Highway 58, near Kramer Junction.

According to the sheriff’s department, the victim – 60-year-old trucker Charles Nalley of Chowchilla, Calif. – arrived at the truck stop and parked in a no-parking zone. The management reportedly told Nalley to move his vehicle, which he agreed to do as soon as he completed his purchase. As Nalley walked to his truck, Oliver confronted him and an argument ensued. Officers stated the argument escalated to the point where the suspect struck the victim in the head with a 1-inch broom handle, causing the handle to splinter and break. Nalley suffered a swollen eye and lacerations to his hands, but refused treatment at the scene.

Attempts to reach Nalley, as well as a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department, were unsuccessful Friday.

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