The Associated Press
PORT ANGELES – A judge has set bail at $1 million for a man accused of destroying three homes with a bulldozer during a rampage on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.
The Peninsula Daily News reports that Clallam County Superior Court Judge Erik Rohrer scheduled a hearing Wednesday during which formal charges are expected to be filed against 51-year-old Barry Swegle.
Swegle was arrested Friday for investigation of assault and malicious mischief after neighbors told police he climbed aboard a bulldozer and took out the homes, crushed a pickup truck and knocked down a utility pole, cutting power to thousands. No injuries were reported.
Investigators say he was apparently motivated by a long-running property-line dispute.
Swegle told the judge Monday that he would try to hire his own lawyer.