SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A Washington lawyer is accused of throwing a live power line at another motorist during a road-rage incident in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Montgomery County police say Richard Bialczak, 32, of College Park faces a variety of charges, including first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, after the incident on Sunday.

Police say Bialczak tailgated the car behind him until they reached a downed power line, which had been blown into the road by the storm. Police say the other driver, Derek Edwards, got out to warn Bialczak, who allegedly got out of his car and threatened Edwards.

Then, Bialczak allegedly rammed Edwards’ car and finally grabbed the still-sparking power line and threw it toward the victim.

Bialczak’s lawyer was not immediately available for comment Friday.

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Comments (6)
  1. Ramarro L. Smith says:

    Obviously this indiv idual has some serious emotional problems and certainly should be carefully investigated before any legal career is alowed to proceed

  2. Larry says:

    There is a lot wrong with this story. I worked with high voltage all my life, and everyone I know who came in contact with a LIVE power line is either dead or severely injured. You can’t pick up a live line without being killed or badly burned. One of our out of state workers was killed during Isabel when he walked into a live line. This was probably a phone line sparking. Bottom line is, if there is a line down DO NOT DRIVE OVER IT> The driver was right to stop.

  3. Chuck says:

    Hmmmm, let’s see. What sort of spin can we expect this lawyers lawyer to come up with here. Maybe Bialczak wasn’t threatening the other driver rather he may have been attempting to warn Edwards of possible impending danger up ahead (like downed power lines), so he tailgated him then stopped and heroically grabbed the powerline and threw it to a safer location. Edwards just happened to be standing in the way.

  4. Lauren says:

    I do not understand this story. He tailgated a car behind him? How do you do that? The second car stopped to warn the first car about a power line? The first car would have already driven over the power line and been gone. If the word “behind” is switched to “in front of,” then the lawyer was so infuriated that the first driver stopped that he went balistic? Or was some previous incident at work here? While the “victim” was standing outside of his vehicle, the lawyer rammed the vehicle? So the first man was able to walk, run, whatever out of the way of a line that was attached to the pole at one end. And the crazy man was completely unharmed by picking up a live wire. Huh?



  6. Larry says:

    This is what happens when you contact a live wire. (you cant pick one up)——-
    Takoma Park police have identified a worker electrocuted while trimming branches from a storm damaged tree.

    Police identified the man as 48-year-old Orlando Hernandez of Hyattsville, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

    Police say a preliminary investigation shows Hernandez was taking down a ladder after trimming a tree Saturday morning when the ladder touched a high-voltage line.