FAIRBANKS — An Anchorage truck driver is accused of attacking a construction worker at a Parks Highway road work site near Healy last week.
Alan Osborn Baxter, 26, got out of his tanker truck and interrupted an argument between a construction worker and belly dump truck driver by knocking the construction worker to the ground, alleges a charging document filed in court last week. The alleged assault took place about 4:45 p.m. Sept. 9 outside Healy.
Alaska State Troopers arrested Baxter at a pullout about 20 miles south of Healy. He was charged with misdemeanor assault, although troopers first arrested him on the more serious charge of third-degree felony assault.
The victim was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. He told troopers he didn’t know what happened. He was in an argument with a belly dump truck driver when another driver hit him in the back of the head. One witness told troopers Baxter used his elbow to land a blow on the victim’s back near his shoulders. Another witness told troopers Baxter tackled the victim.
Baxter told troopers he didn’t assault the construction worker. He told troopers the construction worker was holding a hammer and was yelling at another truck driver. He ran up to the construction worker, who was already on the ground when he got there, he said according to the complaint.
Baxter told troopers he left the area because he was blocking traffic and that he didn’t think more about it.
Baxter was released Thursday from Fairbanks Correctional Center on $1,000, according to online court records. The case is assigned to the Nenana courthouse.
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