Trucker Tasered In Road Rage Altercation With Police Says He “Didn’t Deserve” It
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania – A trucker who was tasered during a road rage altercation with a police officer on Tuesday along Interstate 70 before being arrested, says he “didn’t deserve” it.
Dale Edward Hollobaugh, 64, of Clearfield County, PA, is free on $25,000 unsecured bond on charges of risking a catastrophe, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and summary traffic violations, according to court documents.
Authorities allege a Pennsylvania state trooper was conducting a speed check operation of eastbound traffic at 5:45 p.m. near the Washington and Westmoreland county border when he observed a car and tractor-trailer, driven by Hollobaugh, traveling much faster than the 45 mph limit.
According to court records, the trooper, who was reportedly in an unmarked vehicle, then pulled out onto I-70 in pursuit of the passenger vehicle coming in between the car and Hollobaugh’s big rig.
Authorities then allege Hollobaugh began changing lanes without signaling and closely tailing the trooper’s vehicle.
The trooper and Hollobaugh then stopped at the North Belle Vernon exit ramp, where Hollobaugh sought to confront the officer, according to officials.
Police said Hollobaugh parked the tractor-trailer behind the patrol vehicle partially blocking the right travel lane and the exit ramp.
That’s when authorities allege Hollobaugh exited the truck and began yelling at the trooper, who was in uniform.
According to authorities, Hollobaugh then swung a fist at the officer’s hands as he placed them on his chest in an effort to get him to move to the front of the patrol unit.
Hollobaugh then resisted the officer’s demands and began walking away when the trooper reached for his taser and fired.
The truck driver spoke with Triblive.com about the incident and reportedly denies some of the allegations.
He told the local news outlet that the trooper ““pulled out right in front of me, I have no idea how I didn’t hit him.”
Hollobaugh was reportedly left shaken and having suffered cuts and bruises.
“I feel for people that have this happen to them,” Hollobaugh said to Triblive.com. “I’m not this kind of person. I didn’t deserve this. I didn’t do anything to deserve the treatment that I got.”
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