The Edmond Sun

April 26, 2013

Vandalism victim reports ‘mudding’ problem

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Vandalism victim reports ‘mudding’ problem



BY MARK SCHLACHTENHAUFEN

THE EDMOND SUN



Parties in a nearby field and people going “mudding” in the area have been an issue for the victim of vandalism, according to an incident report.

On April 20, Edmond Police Officer Mason Long was dispatched to the 5000 block of Harper Creek Trail in reference to vandalism, according to a report filed by Long.

The victim said it appeared somebody entered the house, which is still under construction, through the back door and had a party upstairs, Long stated. He went upstairs and saw numerous empty beer cans scattered on the floor, and in a room there were three holes in the wall about the size of someone’s fist. In another upstairs room, numerous light bulbs had been broken.

Cleanup and repairs would be about $2,000, the builder reported.

The victim said they have had numerous problems with teenagers throwing parties in the field next to their house as well as people going “mudding” in the area, Long stated. The homebuilder said there was a 1990s model maroon GMC Jimmy and a late 1990s model Ford truck 4x4 leaving the neighborhood earlier that day. The vehicles were covered in mud, and he believed they had something to do with the party, Long stated.

FindLaw blogger Andrew Lu stated mudding is basically off-road driving through wet meadows, fields, streams and other muddy areas. The activity can be dangerous and can lead to lawsuits, Lu stated. Potential lawsuit parties include the property owner, the negligent driver and the person(s) who caused the damage.

Long stated the victim requests extra police watch of the area, especially during nighttime hours.



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