Trucker Threatens Driver With Machete and Hammer in Truck Stop Parking Dispute
Seymour, IN – A trucker is facing felony and misdemeanor charges following a parking dispute with another truck driver at a truck stop in Indiana.
The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon at a Travel Centers of America truck stop located at 2636 E. Tipton St. in Seymour.
Authorities say they were called to the scene at approximately 1:50 p.m.
Upon arriving, investigators learned a truck driver confronted a man, later identified as Brian D. Blackburn, 58, of Versailles, KY, for parking his semi-truck in a handicap spot without the proper plate to do so.
According to Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott, witnesses say Blackburn became angry when he was asked to move.
Abbott says witnesses observed Blackburn and the other driver exchange words.
That’s when Abbott says Blackburn threatened the other driver with a machete and a hammer before trying to enter the cab of that driver’s semi-truck.
Blackburn the fled the scene before authorities arrived, according to Abbott.
However, Seymour Police officers later found Blackburn driving bobtail on a nearby street.
The officers asked Blackburn to get out of the cab and get onto the ground, but he refused.
Abbot says Blackburn got out of the truck, but continued walking toward the officers even when told to stop.
“He ignored four or five verbal commands and had his shirt untucked where officers could not see if he had anything around his waist,” Abbott said to The Tribune.
After repeated warnings, an officer used a stun gun and arrested Blackburn, according to Abbott.
Blackburn faces a preliminary Level 6 felony charge of intimidation and misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct and battery.
He is being held in the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown, Abbott says.
If convicted, he faces between six months and two and a half years in jail.