But I never thought of using it as a weapon. Hmm ...
Tractor is alleged attack weaponFirst, an apology for making light of this incident. This poor woman was injured!
Farmworker charged with malicious wounding in Wythe County case
By Rex Bowman, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer
WYTHEVILLE -- A Wytheville farmworker stands accused of losing his temper and attacking a woman with a tractor.
"I was standing there, like, 'This can't be happening!'" Wythe County resident Samuel Wade Hagee testified in a Wytheville courtroom yesterday as he recounted witnessing the alleged tractor attack. "You could hear him cursin', hollerin' and screamin'."
Jeffrey C. Turpin, 41, is charged with the Aug. 26 malicious wounding of Robyn Babos, who hobbled into the Wythe General District Court on crutches, her broken left leg in a splint.
Turpin, who lives on the Crockett Farm, has been convicted over the years of public swearing and cursing and abusing others. Authorities allege a hot-headed Turpin chased Babos, 45, across the farm with the John Deere tractor after aborted negotiations for a $500 truck.
With Babos still in the truck, Turpin used the hydraulic-powered bucket on the front of the tractor to lift the front of the truck up about 3 feet and then drop it, Hagee testified. Babos jumped out of the truck, and Turpin used the tractor to push it up the hill. It rolled back down, through a fence and into a bog.
A furious Turpin then chased Babos and Hagee up the hill, revving the tractor's engine and threatening to bury them if they didn't leave, Hagee testified. When Babos fell down, Turpin dropped the 350-pound iron bucket to the ground and rolled the bucket over her, breaking her leg, Hagee said.
Turpin, who did not testify yesterday, denies the charge. (link)
Second, what kind of negotiation could there have been if the truck was worth $500? Heck, you can't buy a truck part for $500 these days. Was this jewel worth killing someone over?
Third, none of this made sense until I read this:
"Mr. Turpin accused us of drinking his beer and smoking his cigarettes."Well. Shoot. Now it all becomes clear. Come on my property and drink my beer and smoke my cigarettes (or cigars in my case) and I'll be chasing you around the field with the old Ferguson TEA20 as well. Consider this fair warning.