Field destroyed by doughnuts
(Longview Farms / Facebook)

Two 17-year-old boys face criminal charges after a manic midnight excursion caused thousands of dollars in damage to a Central Saanich farm field

Two trucks were caught in the middle of Longview Farms, having done doughnuts across the grass. Both vehicles got stuck in the fields, requiring a tow truck to get them out and leading to their arrest. 

Then, in the morning, the extent of the damage was exposed.

Last night two trucks were stuck in our hay field. The police were called, the individuals were caught and tow trucks…

Posted by Longview Farms on Sunday, December 29, 2019

This represents thousands of dollars in lost revenue and field maintenance and repairs,” read a Facebook post from Longview Farms. “It is a terrible example of ignorance and disrespect.

“Please spread the word that this type of senseless “fun” is at a farmer’s expense. It has far reaching effects that make an already challenging industry harder to manage. This is a direct attack on farmers and their livelihood and needs to stop. It needs to stop now.”

Central Saanich Police Department is recommending charges of criminal mischief against the two boys from North Saanich. A third teen, a passenger in one of the trucks, will not be charged.

Three more Vancouver Island fields damaged by doughnuts

Three dog parks in Campbell River were also damaged by cars doing doughnuts on the grass, and the RCMP there are asking for the public’s help in finding the perpetrators.

The doughnuts took place at Ruby Park, Canterbury Neighbourhood Park, and Dick Murphy Park, causing thousands of dollars of damage.

The RCMP were informed of a vehicle causing a disturbance on the evening of December 29th, but were unable to find the source. The next day, they were informed about the damage.

Ruby Park Doughnuts
Ruby Park / Campbell River RCMP

“Quite frankly,” said Cst. Maury Tyre of the Campbell River RCMP in a statement, “an individual that willfully chooses to damage public property needs to be held to account for their behaviour. 

“Perhaps they aren’t aware of the thousands of dollars of labour it costs the city and it’s taxpayers to repair these green spaces, but they clearly need to made aware.”

Anyone in Campbell River who may have witnessed the vehicle which caused the damage at any of the three parks, or anyone with any information at all, is encouraged to call Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221.

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