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Motorist arrested after refusing to back up for turning semi truck

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A motorist was arrested in Pennsylvania on Tuesday after he refused to back up for a turning semi truck. 

The incident occurred on June 25th at about 11 a.m. at Wyoming Avenue and Biden Street in Scranton, Pennsylvania. 

According to The Times Tribune, the commercial vehicle was attempting to make a right turn onto Wyoming Avenue from Biden Street when a pickup truck in the road blocked the truck driver from completing the turn. The pickup truck driver then refused to back up for the trucker, who was unable to back up in order to reorient his rig. 

A police officer arrived at the scene by 11:17 a.m. and told the 51-year-old motorist, Herbert Rebbe, to back up his pickup. Rebbe reversed the pickup only a few inches.

“Back up. I won’t ask you again,” officer McPhillips said to Rebbe, who backed up only a few more inches replying “I’m backing up,” and “How far do you want me to go? He’s got plenty of room.”

Rebbe then refused to back up any further, and accused the officer of threatening him before getting out of his pickup and becoming disorderly. Rebbe refused the officer’s commands and resisted arrest until a nearby worker helped the officer load him into the patrol car. 

“Dude, you don’t need to … I was getting in the car,” Rebbe reportedly said in response. 

Rebbe was charged with obstruction, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. No further information has been released.

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