Road-Rage Driver Attacked Guy With Live Power Line

He threw it at another driver, say Maryland cops
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2011 2:17 PM CDT
Road-Rage Driver Attacked Guy With Live Power Line
In this photo taken Aug. 28, a utility worker makes repairs on lines following Hurricane Irene in Nags Head, N.C.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

There's no better time to be handling live power lines than when you're drunk and incensed: A Maryland man has been charged with assault and accused of hurling a live power line at another driver, reports NBC Washington. Neither person was injured, but police say 32-year-old Richard Bialczak was heavily intoxicated and became enraged when the driver he was following stopped his car in front of a blown-down line. The driver got out to warn Bialczak about it, and Bialczak responded by getting out of his own car and trying to attack the other man, who wisely retreated to his vehicle, say police.

Bialczak rammed the other driver's car repeatedly, moving it ever closer to the downed line, then got out and started pummeling the vehicle, ripping off the antenna and bumper, say police. He eventually picked up the live line and tossed it at the car. The other driver was wisely calling 911 from his cell phone, and police say Bialczak had calmed down by the time they arrived. (Read more Maryland stories.)

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