Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A man suspected in a nearly monthlong spate of road rage attacks in the Long Beach and Carson area pleaded not guilty Thursday to eight criminal charges.

Donald James Kleven, 43, of Long Beach, faces three felony counts each of assault with a deadly weapon — a car, three misdemeanor counts each of hit- and-run driving resulting in property damage and one felony count each of false imprisonment by violence and vandalism with over $400 damage.

Kleven is accused of assaulting several motorists with his car in March and April. He allegedly followed the motorists, pulled up in front of them with his car and caused a crash.

In one instance on April 24, Kleven allegedly blocked a motorist on a freeway onramp, got out of his vehicle and began kicking the motorist’s car.

The alleged crimes mostly occurred on the San Diego (405) Freeway in the Long Beach area, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Edgar Figueroa, who said CHP investigators gathered eyewitness photos and cell phone footage.

Kleven was charged Tuesday, arrested Wednesday and jailed in lieu of $160,000 bail. He is due back in a Long Beach courtroom next Thursday to get a preliminary hearing date.

Kleven faces a maximum sentence of eight years and 10 months in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

City News Service

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