Army deserter arrested in traffic stop on I-5 near Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- State troopers arrested a man accused of deserting the U.S. Army while facing a court martial in Missouri for child rape and child indecency charges.

Oregon State Police say 46-year-old Elmer Frederick Hoffman III was arrested following a traffic stop Friday on Interstate 5 south of Eugene.

After giving a name and birthday that did not match records, police say Hoffman acknowledged he was a deserter wanted by the Army and was using a stolen Colorado license plate.

Oregon police say he fled in March while on trial, and was convicted during his absence. He was held for the Army at the Lane County jail.

A Missouri lawyer who represented Hoffmann in the court martial proceedings could not be reached Saturday.


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