Local Neighbor Goes on Bulldozer Rampage over Property Line Dispute
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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