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Destruction of property at Riverview

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

Three pickup trucks raced through Riverview Park in Platte City about 2 a.m. Sunday, causing damage to the soccer field there.

Platte City Police Chief Joe McHale said Officer Matthew Brantner observed the vehicles driving in the park, where they eventually got onto the soccer field and began "farming the land" with their vehicles, the chief said. Brantner was able to stop two of the trucks, while the third escaped into the woods nearby.

One of the trucks was driven by a juvenile with two juvenile passengers. The driver was booked for careless driving and destruction of property, charges that will be pursued through the juvenile court system.

Charges against the driver of the other truck are pending, the chief said, adding that the man's name was being withheld until charges are filed. The suspect is a 24-year-old Platte City resident, the chief said. The man was taken into custody on suspicion of DWI, but his blood-alcohol content tested at .06, lower than the legal limit of .08, so he will not face a DWI charge. He will face other charges, likely to include destruction of property, McHale indicated.