Woman calls for help during bulldozer rampage

by: Kevin McCarty Updated:

PORT ANGELES, Wash. - The 911 recordings of a Port Angeles woman calling for help as a man at the controls of a bulldozer smashed into her neighbor’s home reveals the panic and helplessness as residents watched the rampage unfold.

 “I’m on Pioneer (street) somebody’s got a tractor going through our neighborhood,” the woman screamed into the phone. The 911 dispatcher can be heard several times telling the woman to calm down and stop yelling because she couldn’t make out what she was trying to say.

 Clallam County sheriff's investigators said 51-year-old Barry Swegle used the dozer, also called a skidder, to push a newly constructed mobile home off its foundation and damage three other houses because he was angry with his neighbors over their fences and felt the mobile home was too close to his property line. He pleaded not guilty to charges of assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and malicious mischief during his arraignment in Clallam County Superior Court.

 At one point the woman who placed the 911 call can be heard breaking down as Swegle allegedly slammed into a home where a woman was thought to be sleeping in her bedroom. “There’s an old lady in the house!”  she shouted as the dispatcher questioned her, “Which house? Which house?” The woman finally hung up after telling the dispatcher she was getting out of the area.  “Are you injured?”  the 911 operator asked. “No, she responded, I’m just getting out of here.”

 No one was hurt during the 10-minute rampage.