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Man Exits Loader, Arrested by Deputies

KSAL StaffFebruary 26, 2014

A confrontation over an access road and county permits leads to the arrest of a 51-year-old rural Saline County man.

Lt. Brent Melander tells KSAL News that Saline County Sheriff’s Deputies drew their weapons on John R. Roudybush Tuesday morning around 11am after he allegedly turned a front-end loader toward officers and refused to get out.

“He was in the process of turning towards them and deputies gave him multiple orders to stop and get out of the loader,” Lt. Melander said.

Roudybush then complied with law enforcement and was booked into the Saline County Jail on mulitlple misdemeanor charges that include trespassing, damage to property, obstruction and criminal littering. No one was injured.

The incident began when Roudybush allegedly used the front-end loader to crash through a cattle gate on Tuesday morning that was locked across an access road in the 2100 block of W. North Street.

Deputies say he is not authorized to use the private road – then blocked the road with two 25-foot long cement/metal panels that weigh approximately 600 pounds each.

Lt. Melander tells KSAL News that a deputy worked with a landowner on a complaint regarding Mr. Roudybush the day before, and was on site Tuesday when the incident occurred.

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