Truck driver arrested after incident with machete, hammer

Seymour police arrested a truck driver who they said threatened a man with a machete and a hammer Thursday afternoon.

Brian D. Blackburn, 58, of Versailles faces a preliminary Level 6 felony charge of intimidation and misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct and battery, Chief Bill Abbott said.

Police were called to Travel Centers of America, 2636 E. Tipton St., at 1:49 p.m. after a truck driver said Blackburn had threatened him and tried to enter the cab of his truck with a machete and a hammer, Abbott said.

The man told police Blackburn had been parked in a semitrailer handicap spot without a handicap plate and that he needed to park in the spot.

The man asked Blackburn to move, and the two exchanged words, police said.

That’s when police said Blackburn grabbed a machete and a hammer and threatened the man.

Officer Jim Handley and Sgt. Jason Alberring responded to the scene, but Blackburn had already left.

He later was seen driving his tractor, which did not have a trailer attached to it, nearby along Stevens Way. Police asked him to get out of the cab and get onto the ground, but Blackburn instead kept walking toward officer, Abbott said.

“He ignored four or five verbal commands and had his shirt untucked where officers could not see if he had anything around his waist,” he said.

After multiple warnings, officer used a stun gun and arrested Blackburn.

Sgt. Mike Cooper, Detective Sgt. Greg O’Brien, Detective Sgt. C.J. Foster, Lt. John Watson and officers Bart Bevers and Tim Toborg assisted at the scene.

Blackburn was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 4:29 p.m. without bond pending his initial hearing.

A Level 6 felony is punishable between six months and two and a half years upon conviction. The advisory sentence is one year.