Man attacks speed camera with pickax

December 5, 2008 9:38:03 AM PST
Lots of people can't stand those automated speed cameras. But an Arizona man is charged with acting out his anger -- with a pickax. [SIGN UP: Get bizarre news sent to you]

Authorities say Travis Munroe Townsend attacked a speed camera recently installed along a Phoenix-area freeway. According to state police, a motorcycle officer heard loud banging noises and saw a man swinging at the camera with a pick.

Officials say the camera wasn't damaged. But it will need a new protective cover.

Townsend now faces a number of charges, including causing felony damage.

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