An argument over a man parking a pickup truck on a neighbor’s property erupted into vehicular assault at an Oak Harbor trailer park, according to court documents.
Police arrested 60-year-old Craig A. Penix on Feb. 16. The next day, Penix appeared in Island County Superior Court and the judge found probable cause existed to believe he committed the crimes of assault in the second degree and felony hit and run. The judge set his bail at $2,500.
According to the police report, neighbors said the victim had a habit of screaming at people for parking on his property. The report indicates that Penix and his neighbor had been arguing for some time about where Penix parked his truck. In a previous incident, the neighbor used a “bat-like object” to smash the taillight of his truck and hit Penix on the arm, the report states. The man was arrested for misdemeanor assault and malicious mischief.
In the recent incident, witnesses said that the neighbor started screaming about where the pickup was parked. Penix came out of his home, got into the truck and drove at the neighbor, knocking him to the ground, the report states. The truck reversed and drove toward the man again, although it was unclear if he was struck a second time, an officer wrote.
The man complained that his leg was hurt. The officer observed swelling, bruising and minimal swelling on one side of his foot.