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Police: Joy-riding teens damage Monroe H.S. football turf

MONROE, Wash. -- A man and three boys are now in police custody after being caught red-handed damaging the turf at Monroe High School's football stadium, police said.

It was just after 11 p.m. when officers got a call from neighbors reporting a loud vehicle coming from the stadium area. As officers went to the school, they found Chevy Blazer coming toward them, covered in what appeared to be field turf, according to investigators.

Police stopped the four people inside and they claimed to have no idea how the turf got on their SUV. Further investigation revealed a broken chain-link fence and fresh tire marks on the field stretching from the 40 yard line to the end zone.

The 17-year-old driver and two 17-year-old passengers were taken to the Denny Juvenile Justice Center for processing, while a 24-year-old Sedro-Woolley man was taken to the Snohomish County Jail, and the SUV was impounded. Police said all four would be charged with malicious mischief. Two of the 17-year-olds were students in the district, police said.

Investigators are still determining the exact amount of damage, but say it'll be several thousand dollars.

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