A 44-year-old woman driving in Nanaimo, B.C., was left bruised and traumatized after a man driving a truck followed her, forced her off the road, and then then tried to pull her out of her car.

The bizarre incident unfolded Thursday.

At roughly 7 p.m. PT, the woman stopped in her Ford Escort at a red light on Brechin Road at Highway 19A, the Island Highway.

A man pulled up next to her in a burgundy, late '90s, Ford F150 with no canopy.

"He yelled something at her, but she just chose to ignore him," said Nanaimo RCMP Const. Gary O'Brien.

She kept driving, heading north on the highway, but then noticed the truck was following her.

The driver began honking his horn and flashing his lights.

Afraid there was something wrong with her car, the woman pulled into the slow lane near the Wendy's restaurant near Rock City Plaza. The F150 then cut in front of her, forcing her to pull off the road and stop.

The man driving the truck got out, walked up to her driver’s door and said: ”I want to take you for coffee.”

"She was totally freaked by this," O'Brien said. "She started rolling her window up, but he reached in and grabbed her left arm. She thought he was trying to pull her out of the car."

As the power window was closing, with him still holding onto her, she began to drive off. He lost his grip, and she drove away.

"She was completely traumatized by this ordeal," O'Brien said.

She was also able to give police a very detailed description of the man, and police would like to know if anyone has any information about Thursday's incident, or the man.

"These situations are very rare. Having said that, we want to ensure that the motoring public is safe," O'Brien said. "So our number one priority is to identify who this person is, and what was going through his mind."

Suspect description:

  • White, in his 40s, good looking with an athletic build.
  • Salt and pepper hair worn in a military-style cut.
  • Pale, clean shaven, with light-coloured eyes.
  • High-pitched voice, like that of a teenager.
  • Cleft chin and white mark on the bridge of nose, similar to a scar
  • Was wearing a white T-shirt with a dragon symbol
  • Also wearing metal-banded watch on left wrist

Nanaimo RCMP Const. Sean Zeigler is taking tips in this matter at 250-754-2345. Information can also be called in to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.