POLICE: Louisville man caused $1,800 worth of damage to Long Run Park
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they've taken a man into custody after he intentionally caused over $1,800 worth of damage to an east Louisville park.
According to an arrest warrant, the incident took place on Feb. 7 at Long Run Park, north of the intersection of Long Run Road and Shelbyville Road.
Police say 24-year-old Ian S. Ritchey intentionally drove his vehicle through the grassy turf of the park, which was snow-covered at the time. According to the arrest warrant, his vehicle became stuck in the mud, causing damage to the landscaping.
A Louisville Metro Police officer allegedly saw Ritchey and his friend walking nearby in extreme cold and covered in mud. The officer eventually arrested Ritchey for alcohol intoxication, according to the warrant, and Ritchey allegedly admitted to getting his truck stuck in the mud.
Police say they could see tracks in the mud where Ritchey had been "doing donuts in the turf," according to the warrant.
Broken branches were under the truck and stuck in the bumper, according to the warrant.
Police say a Metro Parks employee estimated the damage to be $1,835.
A warrant was issued for Ritchey's arrest on Monday, March 3, and he was taken into custody later that day.
He is charged with first degree criminal mischief.
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