Vandals spun a vehicle in circles on the Ipswich High School football field Sunday morning, causing thousands of dollars in damage, said Derrick Reifenrath, Edmunds County chief sheriff's deputy.
Based on witnesses' accounts, it happened around 3 a.m., Reifenrath said.
The vehicle accessed the field through a gap in the fence on the west side, Reifenrath said. From there, the vehicle drove through an area behind the grandstand, which Reifenrath described as muddy, swampy and sloped, before entering onto the field.
Reifenrath said the vehicle is likely not a car based on the way it accessed the field. A vehicle would need higher ground clearance than a car to get through the area because conditions were swampy and muddy, Reifenrath said.
Adjacent to the gap in the fence is a pasture the vehicle drove through to access the field, Reifenrath said.
Reifenrath described the damage as significant, with the vehicle spinning around at least four times on the field. The vehicle also fishtailed back and forth on parts of the rubber track, causing parts of the track to become loose and brittle, Reifenrath said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Edmunds County Sheriff's Office, 605-426-6262.