A confrontation between neighbors ended with a Tuolumne County man being arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, making terrorist threats, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, authorities said.
Sheriff's deputies responded about 9 p.m. to the 12000 block of Gunsight Road in Columbia. Callers to 911 reported that a man had been "beating his wife all day," then threatened to kill neighbors when they called authorities.
When deputies arrived, they determined that John Schalk, 51, had argued with his wife but had not assaulted her, said sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ken Diaz. A neighbor who heard the couple arguing told them to be quiet or she would call 911, Diaz said.
The neighbor said Schalk threatened to kill her, Diaz said. She called 911, then got in her car to go to the store. Schalk, driving a 2000 Chevrolet pickup, confronted her in her driveway, authorities said. Diaz said Schalk rammed the neighbor's car twice. Schalk left on foot. Deputies found him nearby. He admitted to driving while intoxicated, Diaz said, but denied ramming his neighbor's car. Schalk was booked at the county jail.
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