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Men Arrested in Vandalism of Milford Athletic Fields

Two men were arrested by Milford Police early Sunday, just hours before graduation, after they reportedly drove a Jeep over several athletic fields, including the new football field.

Two men face felony vandalism charges after they were arrested after riding in a Jeep Grand Cherokee over the Milford athletic fields, according to police arrest reports.

The vandalism included extensive damage to the grassy areas surrounding parking lots at , and to an access gate and section of fence protecting the new turf football field.

The artificial turf field, valued at $1 million, will be evaluated by contractors for damage but appeared to have minor cosmetic damage, according to the police documents.

The arrests and vandalism came just hours before the but did not disrupt the ceremonies. Workers re-installed a section of fencing separating the field from the bleachers, and put up a temporary fence over the section where the Jeep entered the field.

Police responded to the high school at 1:41 a.m. Sunday, after getting a report that a Jeep was "doing donuts and diving erratically on track and field" at the school.

Police arrested Jeffery Vanzile, 29, of 122 Highland St., Milford, on charges of disturbing the peace, malicious destruction of property more than $250, and disorderly conduct.

Brent Nichols, 28, of 39 Main St., Apt. L, Blackstone, was arrested and charged with trespass, malicious destruction of property more than $250, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

The malicious destruction of property charge is a felony.

According to the police narrative for the arresting officer, the Jeep was stopped after it attempted to flee the field. "The suspect vehicle passed the access gate, then reversed direction, came back to the access gate, hit the fence and attempted to flee," wrote Jeanne Van Patten-Steiger.

In taking Nichols to police headquarters for booking, Van Patten-Steiger said she observed  "a strong odor of alcoholic beverage" coming from the rear of the cruiser, according to the arrest report. Nichols failed two field sobriety tests, she wrote, and also a portable breath test.

Forkids June 04, 2012 at 06:21 PM
When I read the headline I thought "stupid kids". Then I read that they are 28 and 29 years old. Really? Pretty pathetic.
Tracey Cunha June 04, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Some people never grow up.... pathetic
Tara Spiegelman June 04, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Absolutely infuriating! At least they caught the jerks, but little will that do in repairing the damage. I was also saddened this weekend when I saw all the graffiti along the bike path. Local scouts dedicated their time and talent to renovate Clarks Island for an Eagle Scout Project, only to have it vandalized a year later! I’ll never understand the senselessness of that kind of destruction.
Henry June 04, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Are the lights on the new field on motion detectors (and cameras?) that would turn the lights on after, say, 10 pm if people/vehicles were on the field and send an alert to the police? Is it only neighbors, passers-by and periodic police patrols that protect the field?
Henry June 04, 2012 at 07:53 PM
And importantly, thanks to the Milford Police for grabbing these guys.
Milford Senior Man June 04, 2012 at 07:54 PM
These two could use a good caning. Two absolute morons in their late 20's wrecking a brand new school athletic field. One of them even lives in Milford. When they bring them into court these idiots will be wearing rosary beads and the judge will give them a slap on the wrist. I wonder who will pay for the damage??? Well it can't be these two, they were just having a little fun.
Beverly Attorney June 05, 2012 at 11:09 AM
I'm sure daddy will pay for damages sounds like a spoiled punk that was never forced to grow up and be a man.
Beverly Attorney June 05, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Funny how Mr. Nichols is related to the hot tempered coach that was fired . Unfortunate enough for the passenger he got a ride home from this loser he doesn't even know this guy , was supposedly the designated driver!
MilfordMomof3 June 05, 2012 at 01:59 PM
How immature and unfortunate. I hope the damage doesn't end up costing too much to fix. I agree with the motion lights and/or cameras. They seem needed in most areas on town now. Look at the graffiti covering the town park. Every surface has been spray painted and the slide has been smashed so children can't use it. Why aren't these areas patrolled better?
arturofuente78 June 05, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Oh my.

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