Maine trucker faces felony threat charge in parking spat

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Thursday, April 25, 2013

A trucker from Temple, ME, faces one felony count of criminal threat with a dangerous weapon following an altercation over a parking dispute at a truck stop in Farmington, ME.

Todd Dalrymple, 27, was arrested on Sunday night after he used a breaker bar to threaten a break room full of drivers at the Irving Big Stop on Route 4, according to Farmington Police Sgt. Ed Hastings.

Hastings said Dalrymple, a local trucker, had pulled into the business on Sunday night looking for a place to park his trailer overnight. Instead, he found the entire rear parking lot full, mostly of J.B. Hunt tractor trailers. Dalrymple parked his trailer in front of one such trailer, only to find out later that another driver had moved the trailer approximately 100 feet across the lot to a tow-away zone.

“He did not hit anybody with the pipe, and he did not cause any damage with the pipe,” Hastings said. “He was basically upset that somebody moved his trailer.”

Hastings said that J.B. Hunt has “a significant amount of equipment” in town for a job at a Nestle Water plant, and had been leaving trailers in the truck stop lot. He said state laws restricting access on the roads mean local drivers like Dalrymple have to find some other place to park their trailers before heading out for the night, or risk a civil traffic infraction and fine.

“Todd can’t drive his truck and trailer home because of the roads,” Hasting said. “He has to leave it at a truck stop so he can get home and not be hauling on posted roads. The fine is approximately $610.”

Dalrymple posted a $1,000 unsecured bond and was released Sunday night. Hastings said he has a court date in June.

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