Monroe woman pays for good deed on freeway

A 30-year-old Monroe woman told Oregon authorities she was abducted by a man wearing a ski mask Sunday after she stopped along I-405 to help a disabled motorist.

The woman was forced to drive the man and a woman to Milwaukie, Ore., where she was released Sunday night, Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Trooper Monica Hunter said.

The victim told police she saw a woman who appeared to have a baby stranded along side an interchange near Totem Lake in Kirkland. When she stopped to help, a man with the ski mask "appeared out of nowhere," Hunter said.

She was forced to drive her own car until she was released in Milwaukie. Her car was found later a couple of blocks away, Hunter said.

Milwaukie police are investigating, Hunter said.

Camano Island

Senator in hospital: State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen of Camano Island was recovering Monday in a Bellingham hospital after an allergic reaction over the weekend.

Haugen’s legislative assistant, Kristen LeMieux, said the longtime Democratic lawmaker was admitted to St. Joseph’s Hospital on Saturday. She was with her daughter in Bellingham when she had the allergic reaction to a non-prescription drug.

Reports had been circulating widely about Haugen’s condition, but "she’s fine," LeMieux said.

Haugen has represented the 10th Legislative District in Olympia since 1983. She is the chairwoman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

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