Joyride ends with damaging crash at stadium

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SALINA -- A teenager faces multiple charges after an early morning crash, damages a popular sports complex.

Several teenagers were arrested for allegedly joyriding at the Dean Evans Stadium in Saline County. Police received a call about the incident around 1 a.m. Thursday.

Salina's Parks and Recreation Superintendent says an email he received this morning contained a picture that showed the damage.

A teenager allegedly sped through a parking lot, smashing through a fence and restroom.

Some say the timing couldn't be worse. The city's Grand Slam Tournament, that brings teams from across the state, is this weekend.

"I thought it was a joke. I didn't think it was serious," said Zane Heigele, a baseball player. "Stuff like that's happened before. Like, somebody drove through our fence at the other end cause people race and stuff."

Captain Mike Sweeney of the Salina Police Department says the lot is sometimes used as a drag strip.

The teenagers were driving up to 80 miles an hour and the car was likely totaled, but luckily the teens were not injured.

"The results could have significantly changed," said Capt. Sweeney. "The pillars won't give as much as the brick wall. There could have been a fatality or a serious injury."

Police say the 15-year-old driver is being charged with not having a driver's license, driving at excessive speed and inattentive driving.

The other teenagers involved were cited for curfew violation.

The Parks and Recreation Department says the tournament will continue throughout the weekend.

They are bringing in a contractor to assess the damage of the restroom sometime next week.


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