Youth accused of riding onto West field

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By David Giuliani

Runners and walkers are welcome to use the track at West Las Vegas High School.

Just don’t take your cars in.

Early on a recent morning, a youth drove his car onto the football field and did some doughnuts, causing nearly $2,000 in damage, officials said.

School employees discovered the damage when they arrived that morning. Security cameras captured the whole incident.  

Based on a tip, officers went to the home of the suspect and could see remains from the field on his car, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

They also found a small amount of marijuana and brass knuckles on the youth, but the mother claimed that the drugs were hers, police said.

The boy was charged with possession of a deadly weapon, possession of drugs and criminal trespassing.

School officials said the youth got through an open gate on the east side of the field. When the district completed the new track and field in the spring, it kept the gate closed nearly all the time. But in the last couple of months, it has been open much more often, sometimes through the night.

West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu said the district will make sure the gate is closed from now on.

“The damage wasn’t bad. You could see a couple of rubber marks. We have a warranty and insurance,” he said.

He said the district likes to let the public have access to the field, “but we can’t have people driving through there.”