One of the people responsible for ruining as much as four acres of corn on a Boyle County farm during a Tuesday night joyride has been arrested.
Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliott said he and Deputy Brian Wolford received a tip early Thursday about one of the people involved living in Casey County. With additional assistance from Kentucky State Police, Elliott was later able to locate and arrest Charles Singleton, 20, of Stanford.
Singleton and another person allegedly drove a Chevy Cavalier over four acres of corn stalks on a farm near Forkland Community Center on Tuesday night. Elliott said the owner of the crops awoke Wednesday morning to find between $5,000 and $10,000 worth of plants destroyed.
When asked why they had driven over the crops, Elliott said Singleton told him it was just something he felt like doing.
Elliott said it was evident from surveying the field that a smaller vehicle and not a large truck had caused the damage because there were markings that showed the car’s axle digging into an embankment. Elliott said the vehicle, which showed evidence of driving through a cornfield, also has been found.
Deputy Jody Adams said property owner Beth Robbins reported the damage to three different fields farmed by Leah Kirkland at 1635 Forkland Road. The threat to someone’s livelihood is something Elliott said law enforcement doesn’t take lightly.
“It’s just senseless,” Elliott said.
Charges against a juvenile male who was also in the vehicle are likely, Elliott said.
Singleton was booked into the Boyle County Detention Center where he is charged with felony criminal mischief worth more than $1,000.