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Troopers: Truck driver swung crowbar at woman after being seen on cellphone behind the wheel

State Police say a Jordan man is facing multiple charges after they responded to the Indian Castle Service Area in Danube for the report of a male attacking a woman with a crowbar.

Police say the woman had been traveling on the Thruway in a tractor-trailer with her father – when another tractor-trailer almost sideswiped them.

That truck was being operated by Michael Severin, 59, of Jordan. Police say that when the woman and her father passed the other rig – they observed Severin talking on his cell phone.

Troopers say she then snapped a photo of him with her cell phone and planned to report the driver’s actions.

Approximately 60 miles later the woman and her father entered the Indian Castle Service area, parked, and moments later – the rig operated by Severin pulled in sideways – blocking the duo.

The woman was outside her truck at the time and began recording on her cell phone. Police say Severin then approached the woman, and used a crowbar to swing at her – causing her to drop her phone and retreat back to the truck.

The truck driver is then accused of smashing the cell phone with the crowbar, but eventually ran back to his own truck when a witness began yelling at him.

Severin was later stopped on the Thruway approximately 40 miles east of where the incident took place. He was charged with menacing and criminal mischief. He was issued appearance tickets to answer the charges.


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