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Man jailed after heavy equipment rampage in east Port Angeles

May 10th, 2013 - 5:40pm

(Port Angeles) -- An angry Port Angeles man has been jailed on charges of malicious mischief after he allegedly used a piece of heavy equipment to wreak havoc in Gales Addition Friday afternoon.

Authorities say the man damaged 4 homes and hit a power pole that brought down electrical lines near Baker Street and Ennis Creek Road.

51-year-old Barry Alan Swegle was booked into the Clallam County Jail for investigation of malicious mischief.

heriff's spokesman Jim Borte says 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.

The man could face more charges later.

Officials say no one was injured.

Michael Howe of the Clallam P-U-D says electricity was restored to most of the thousands of customers who lost power between Port Angeles and Sequim at about 12:20 p.m.

About 200 Gales Addition customers will be affected by an extended outage.

Howe says this outage is expected to go on late into the evening, or early tomorrow morning.

At some point in the restoration, all customers on South Mt Angeles Rd will experience a brief outage as well.

Customers that will be without power into the evening are up Golf Course Rd, along Ennis & Pioneer, Roll-Inn Trailer Park, the areas West of Gales.

After the incident occurred, there was heavy police activity on Highway 101 between Baker Street and Monroe Road and traffic was shutdown for a brief period after 1 p.m.

Traffic lights were out from Monroe Road east to Carlsborg.

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