As the adage goes, everyone gets to enjoy their fifteen minutes of fame. In the case of Port Angeles’ Barry Alan Swegle, his fifteen minutes of fame is notoriety and a jail cell.
The 51-year-old resident in this small town of 19,000 located along the US-Canadian border went postal on his neighbors over a long-running properly line dispute. Police received a 911 distress call that a man in a bulldozer was on a rampage destroying everything in his path.
The caller even admonished that police arrive with firearms. Swegle had begun running a bulldozer against his neighbor’s property. He thrust the powerful heavy machine into four homes and even managing to push one off of its foundation. He Hulk-smashed a pickup truck and played kick the cans with neighbor’s boats. Finally, in a move that is bound to have ingratiated himself further with city residents, he knocked down a power line which cut off electricity to thousands in the surrounding area. The scene was described as looking much like a combat zone.
Swegle must have bottled in his anger for some time before his volcanic-like temper set off. He was still looking mighty ornery when he appeared in court. He is being held on a bond of $1 million.
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