SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Police Department has arrested a man for driving his truck onto South Brunswick High School property causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. David E. French, age 20 from North Brunswick, was charged with criminal mischief, a 3rd degree crime due to the amount of damage done to the fields. He was processed and released on a summons with a court date scheduled, according to a press release by the SBPD.
On Tuesday, a little after midnight, a truck drove onto South Brunswick High School grounds and caused damage to the baseball, softball and soccer field. The estimated cost of the damages may be over $10,000, according to South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka.
The police sought the public’s assistance in apprehending the driver and released two photographs of the truck. Several residents along with surrounding law enforcement agencies provided tips on the identity of the suspect responsible for the damage. The investigation lead to French’s arrest.
“The fields that were damaged just had several thousand dollars’ worth of upgrades. Our high school baseball team never got to use the new fields because of COVID-19 and now this,” said Hayducka in a released statement.
In a Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Scott Feder said that they will be pressing charges and will be seeking full restitution for the damages done to school property.
“To do damage to student property right before our season is just unreal,” Feder said, “Anything like this in a community is unacceptable. We want to thank our South Brunswick Police Department and for this great news in a bad situation.”