Angry neighbor goes on the rampage in a BULLDOZER as he destroys four homes and cuts power to thousands in dispute over fence

By Daily Mail Reporter


A Washington man fed up with his neighbors went on a bulldozing rampage on Friday, damaging four homes, knocking one off its foundation and cutting power to thousands of people.

Barry Swegle, 51, had a long-running dispute with his neighbors over a fence line he felt was too close to his home in Port Angeles, west of Seattle, and simply 'went nuts,' neighbors aid.

Mr Swegle was arrested on Friday on charges of malicious mischief following the incident.


Destroyed: Barry Alan Swegle used a bulldozer to crush this truck and knock this house off its foundation in a rampage on Friday in Port Angeles, Wash.


Machine: Sheriffs said the agitated Washington man used this International Harvester TD-25, similar to a Caterpillar D-9, to destroy his neighbors' homes


Damage: Four homes were damaged in the rampage and the man ended up cutting power to thousands of people

No one was injured in the rampage.

Sheriff's spokesman Jim Borte said investigators were told that Swegle and his neighbors had a long-running dispute, but it's not clear over what.


The rampage knocked over a utility pole and left a pickup truck destroyed, and the downed power lines were preventing authorities from fully evaluating the damage to the homes.

Borte said the machine was an International Harvester TD-25, similar to a Caterpillar D-9. Investigators were looking into whether the man owned it.


Arrest: After the destruction, Barry Alan Swegle, 51, was arrested on Friday and charged with malicious mischief


Power: A 70-foot utility pole was knocked over during the rampage, which meant thousands of people were left without power


Complications: With the power lines down, crews were prevented from assessing the damage to the homes


Fear: A pick up truck was also damaged in the rampage on Friday, that left neighbors scrambling for safety their home

Keith Haynes lives near one of the damaged homes and told the Peninsula Daily News that the man 'just went nuts.'

Haynes said a woman inside one of the homes escaped unharmed.

'He took a skidder and took out two houses,' Haynes said. 'I mean demolished.'

A skidder is a bulldozer-like device used in logging. The News reported that records indicated Barry Swegle may have operated a logging company, founded in 1997.

Another neighbor, Judith Walters, always witnessed the bulldozer go through a home.

'I saw a tractor, out of control, I thought. And it plowed into the white house over here,' Walters told KIRO-TV. 

'And she was in the doorway with her dog, her little Chihuahua and yeah, I was screaming at her at the top of my lungs, "Get out of the house!"'

At one point thousands of people were without power, but within a few hours it had been restored to all but 200 customers, said Clallam County Public Utility District spokesman Mike Howe.

He said power would remain out to those customers at least through early Saturday morning.

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Time for better bulldozer control.

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He is in deep trouble, but I bet he had fun smashing all of this stuff.

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Presumably the fence is gone now...

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............."do this reporter's ever read what they write? it seems like everything is written by interns. so many mistakes.- joblessbum, Santa Rosa Ca"...................................I agree with the sentiment, but lawdy, you should have proofed what you wrote.

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crazy s.o.b. He needs to be locked up, not admired. He could have killed people with this stupid stunt. Growing up, he probably never heard the word 'no' from his parents.

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Kalifornia is the land of fruits and nuts - so what is lib mecca Washington?

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Oh my goodness. I cannot stop laughing. A truck was 'damaged' is depicted under the pancaked truck....I see where the Cat backed up and made sure it was flattened. wow. This is a very funny story. Don't tick off that neighbor....ha ha ha ha ha ha.....

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Thanks Obama!

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That's actually not too far from my Dad's place - the whole area was once a lovely, quiet farm/retirment community, but over the ast 20 years has mushroomed into a massive development, full of 'strip malls', and once beautiful farm fields turning into half acre ticky-tacky houses. This was more than a simple 'fence line' dispute and has been building for years.

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Id rather hang out with bulldozer man then Obama at least he is honest with his feelings. He needs some tweeking, but he probably isn't apologizing today. This is the stress we are living under, any of us could break. Outlaw bulldozers now, background checks a must!!!!

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