Police say they arrested a Fox Lake man after he allegedly drove his vehicle onto the football field at Tim Osmond Sports Complex in Antioch, causing damage to the field.
The Antioch Police Department launched an investigation on Sunday after receiving a report of a vehicle that intentionally caused damage to the football field at Tim Osmond Sports Complex, 96 East Depot Street in Antioch.
The offender drove onto the field and proceeded to do several “donuts” that caused approximately $650 in damage to the turf, police said.
The damage to the field resulted in disruptions to community events that take place at the sports complex, including the Antioch Vikings Football League which uses the field.
“The large ruts not only impacted the use of the field but also had the potential to result in injury to youth athletes using the field,” the Antioch Police Department said in a statement.
Significant upgrades and improvements had recently been made to the Tim Osmond Sports Complex to make the facility a more attractive, enjoyable and useful community space, officials said.
On Friday, police announced they had arrested Colby Leisten, 20, of Fox Lake. Leisten was charged with criminal damage to property, which is a Class A misdemeanor.
A Class A misdemeanor carries a maximum punishment of up to 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
“Antioch Police Chief Geoffrey Guttschow would like to make it clear this kind of destructive behavior will not be tolerated, and those who decide to engage in such criminal acts will be held accountable,” the department said.
The Antioch Police Department thanked the Antioch Youth Vikings Football League and Township Supervisor Tom Shaughnessy for their assistance with the investigation.