Cornfields trashed for kicks, irking Mich. farmers

Authorities in southwestern Michigan said they're getting more reports of cornfields being trashed by drivers - apparently for kicks. The Kalamazoo Gazette reported that last week neighbors chased down a sport utility vehicle full of teens and cornered them with their own vehicles until deputies could arrest them. Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Pali Matyas said there's been a "rash of this' recently. In another case, an off-road vehicle was driven through a corn field.
AP Wire
Aug 23, 2011


Matyas said those involved are generally young people who consider their actions a prank.

“If you catch one, you tend to find out they’ve done several,” he said.

When drivers are caught, authorities typically seek malicious destruction of property charges and restitution for every stalk that’s destroyed.


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