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Man arrested on suspicion of tearing up University Place park

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
April 3, 2012 12:23 pm

Benjamin R. Morrison had been out four-wheeling Sunday and apparently wanted to do more.

He chose Cirque Bridgeport Park in University Place, Pierce County prosecutors allege, and ended up in handcuffs after tearing up a grass field.

The 28-year-old Tacoma resident is now charged with second-degree malicious mischief after causing $2,000 worth of damage at the park.

Court documents provide the following information.

Several people called 911 on Sunday after seeing a truck “doing doughnuts” on the field at the park on Cirque Drive.

“Witnesses later reported the driver spun the tires on his truck while on the field and caused significant damage to the field while driving on it,” court documents state.

Several baseball players approached the truck and asked the driver, later identified as Morrison, to stop.

The truck kept spinning around near the players.

After a while, the truck drove off the field and picked up another man who’d apparently been making a video of the incident.

Patrol officers spotted the truck a short time later at 19th Street West and Mildred Street West. They conducted a traffic stop and interviewed the driver and passenger.

The passenger told deputies he and Morrison had been four-wheeling. Morrison insisted on four-wheeling at the park even though the passenger said it wasn’t a good idea.

The passenger confirmed he took video of Morrison’s four-wheeling.
Morrison declined to talk to deputies.

His cellphone, which contained the video, was taken into evidence.

He was taken to jail.

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