PARSONSFIELD, Maine — Well, that escalated quickly.
An enraged father in Maine used a backhoe to pick up and drop the mobile home where his son lived in a dispute over unpaid rent.
Police say John Bubar, 50, only stopped trashing the mobile home with the construction vehicle when he realized his 7-year-old grandson was inside.
“Apparently, a dispute arose that day about rent payments and debris around the mobile home,” York County Sheriff Bill King said. “John Bubar took the extraordinary step of using a large construction-grade front-end loader and backhoe to damage the mobile home.”
Witnesses said Bubar picked up and dropped the mobile home — where his 27-year-old son Michael lives — three times on Sunday and then started to use the bucket to tear into the structure but stopped when he was told that his grandson was inside. The boy was not hurt.
The elder Bubar was charged with a charge of domestic violence, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon. Bail was set at $5,000.
The Portland Press Herald reported that police had responded to the Bubar home seven times this year and 10 times last year. John Bubar has an arrest record dating back to the late 1980s with busts on charges including assault and cruelty to animals.