SALEM TWP. - A 20-year-old Knox man faces charges after he allegedly drove through wheat and corn fields in Salem Township, causing more than $2,500 in damages.
Tyler Scott Vantassel is charged with two counts of agricultural vandalism, a first-degree misdemeanor; four counts of criminal mischief, a second-degree misdemeanor; four counts of trespassing on agricultural land, a third-degree misdemeanor; and four summary counts of damaging property with a motor vehicle, sometime in late hours of July 31 along McCleary Road and Spook Hollow Road in Salem Township.
According to court documents, state police responded to a complaint at the corner of McCleary and Old State roads.
A known male victim told police someone had drove through his wheat and corn fields. While there was little damage to the wheat, the corn field sustained about $300 in damage loss.
The farmer, who rents the fields, told police the owner of the field had a trail camera at the site and it captured a photograph of a blue Buick in the field.
The farmer told police he noticed a blue Buick at a residence along Old State Road.
Police went to the residence and determined Vantassel was the driver of the vehicle.
Vantassel allegedly told police he had picked up some friends along State Route 208 and could not specify which roads he drove along July 31.
Police allegedly observed corn and wheat residue on the blue Buick parked in front of the residence.
Vantassel allegedly told police he knew what he did was wrong and he understood the consequences of his actions.
On Aug. 2, police responded to a report of damage to two corn fields along Spook Hollow Road.
Damage to those fields is estimated at $2,500.
The farmer in the second case told police an employee at his father's business in Knox allegedly saw Snapchat videos of Vantassel driving through the corn fields.