Middle school athletic fields damaged by joyriding spree

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville middle school wants your help to track down a person who went joyriding on their soccer and baseball fields Saturday night.

It happened at DuPont Tyler Middle School in Hermitage.

The person driving a silver Dodge truck left behind between $3,000 and $4,000 in damage just as the soccer season is beginning.

More than 900 kids both at the school and who play in the Eagle Express Soccer Club are impacted by the damage.

DuPont Tyler Middle School joyride
The person driving a silver Dodge truck left behind between $3,000 and $4,000 in damage just as the soccer season is beginning.

“I was really frustrated,” assistant principal Phillip Holt said. “We try really hard to maintain good athletic facilities for our kids.”

Surveillance cameras on campus captured images of the vehicle as it entered Saturday evening.

The driver then drove to the backside of the school’s property and appeared to do donuts on the then-wet field.

The joyride left behind deep tire tracks on the soccer and nearby baseball fields.

“It is disheartening that kids who are ready to start the soccer season are going to have to play on fields that aren’t has good as we would want them to play on,” Holt told News 2.

Philip Siever with the Eagle Express Soccer Club said the damage hurts the league that as grown from three teams four years ago to more than 31 teams now, in part because the school’s soccer field helps attract neighborhood children to the club.

“If you don’t have this facility, they would have to go to other communities to play and parents would have to travel further,” he said. “The games, which are really fun for the kids, are not going to be able to be played here for a while.”

The soccer club will likely travel to other area fields to hold games.

Siever said the club spent around $1,200 to seed the field in the fall. Now they will have to pay to rehab the field after the season is finished.

“Some of our kids were here Tuesday and saw it,” he said. “They were very upset and are asking the question of why would someone come tear up our stuff for no reason.”

The truck appears to be a 2007 or older model Dodge Ram quad-cab pickup truck.

Neither the driver nor the license plate number for the truck is visible on the surveillance video.

If you have any information about the identity of the driver, contact the Metro Police Department at 615-862-8600 or call DuPont Tyler Middle School at 615-885-8827.

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