Nanaimo RCMP arrest 19-year-old man after several sports fields are driven over, causing serious damage
A 19-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly driving over several playing fields in Nanaimo, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
The latest incident happened Sunday around 1:30 am at a multi-use field at Buttertubs Drive and Bowen Road.
Minutes after receiving reports of a Jeep driving on the field, Nanaimo RCMP stopped a vehicle that matched the description provided by witnesses.
A quick examination of the vehicle turned up grass and mud stuck to the frame and tires of the older model Jeep.
The driver was arrested on charges of mischief over $5,000.
RCMP say the man has been released on a promise to appear. His court appearance is scheduled for Nanaimo Provincial Court May 24th.
The suspect is also being investigated for other Nanaimo playing field damage.
Five other School District 68 and City of Nanaimo playing fields have been damaged recently.
“Vandalism in our parks and fields costs the City of Nanaimo thousands of dollars every year to clean up and repair,” says Nanaimo park operations manager Al Britton. “We are currently prepping fields for the upcoming ball season and work on the field in Robins Park had recently been completed. We will now have to start the process over again.”
The school district says the damage will also affect its budget.
“The recent damage to school property not only affects the district’s budget but more importantly, the community,” says School District 68 superintendent John Blain. “Vandalism is a needless cost and individuals who break the law must be held accountable.”
There’s no word yet on a possible motive for the damage.