A long feud with neighbors resulted in one man going on a bulldozer rampage through Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. On May 10th, 2013, 51-year-old log contractor Barry Alan Swegle used his International Harvester TD-25 to damage four homes, demolish a pickup truck, a tractor and a boat, and knock over a utility pole. One house was pulled completely from its foundation. In a few minutes, an estimated $300,000 worth of damages occurred. The felled utility pole also left thousands of people without power for several hours before it was restored to all except 200 people who had to wait until the next morning. There were no human injuries in the attack.
The dispute allegedly stemmed from a fence that Dan Davis, a next-door neighbor, built on the property line next to Swegle’s land, according to Clallam County Police Under-Sheriff Ron Peregrin. Davis called 911 as Swegle destroyed his house and truck.
“He’s heading right over my new diesel pickup. Right over the top of it! Now he’s going to the cab running it over,” Davis said. “Now I don’t have a house, I don’t have a truck, I don’t have power on my property. He totally destroyed my place. Totally.”
During the call, Davis warns law enforcement to come armed.
“You better get some cops up here with some guns because this son of a gun is crazy,” Davis said.
Swegle was arrested and charged with first degree assault with a deadly weapon, first degree burglary with a deadly weapon, and four counts of first degree malicious mischief. This was not his first arrest. He had also been charged in the past with burglary, stalking and public indecency. He was initially held at $1 million bail, and was later sentenced to 29 months in prison and ordered to pay $38,000 in restitution.