Police arrest teens after Danbury golf course vandalized
Danbury Police arrested Bradley Heath, age 17, of Danbury and Brendan Adair, age 18, of Bristol for driving their vehicle on the 16th Hole of the Ragged Mountain Resort Golf Course. Danbury police say that Heath drove his 1994 Toyota Celica onto the 16th hole at the Ragged Mountain Golf Course causing approximately $2,500.00 worth of damage to the fairway, rough areas and the irrigation system.
The Danbury Police Department arrested two teenagers Saturday after they say the pair vandalized a local golf course when they drove a car onto one of the holes.
Bradley Heath, 17, of Danbury and Brendan Adair, 18, of Bristol drove their vehicle onto the 16th hole of Ragged Mountain Golf Course in Danbury early Saturday morning, damaging the fairway and possibly the irrigation system, according to the police.
Heath, the driver, was charged with felony criminal mischief and two misdemeanors: one for criminal trespass and one for conduct after an accident. Adair was charged with a misdemeanor for criminal trespass.
Employees of the golf course found Heath and Adair in a 1994 Toyota Celica that was stuck on the 16th hole at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday, the police said.
Golf course superintendent Greg Ardine said he was on his way to work when he received a call from a pro shop worker who spotted the car.
“It just seemed like they were driving around on the golf course and got off the golf cart path and buried their car in some wet stuff,” he said.
Another employee approached the car and spoke with the pair, Ardine said. The employee informed them he was going to call the police, but when he returned, the boys and their vehicle had disappeared.
“By the time I got up here, they had freed themselves somehow,” Ardine said. “The thing was buried. (The employee) couldn’t believe they got their car out by themselves. Apparently some adrenaline kicked in when they knew police were coming. They got their car free, and I actually passed them on the access road to the resort on my way out.”
When the Danbury police arrived, Ardine said he and the officers took photos of the damage and toured the rest of the golf course to look for other vandalized areas, but they did not find any.
The police were able to locate the teenagers based on information from golf course employees, who recognized them as local residents. Officers arrested them about 1 p.m. Saturday, the police said.
Ardine said Ragged Mountain was similarly vandalized about eight years ago when a few people drove around in circles on one of the greens and caused extensive damage to the course. Although
Saturday’s act did not take place directly on a green, he said it will be a few weeks
before the area is back to
“It’s just unsightly right now. It’s in an area just off the cart path headed toward some tee boxes, and there are some big, long ruts in the turf,” he said. “It’ll be about a month before it’ll heal.”
The police report estimated the damage to be about
$2,500. Both teens will be arraigned at the Franklin’s district court Sept. 23.
(Mel Flanagan can be reached at 369-3321 or