SUV driver charged with vandalism for taking joyride on Petco Park field

While the grounds crew at San Diego's Petco Park was getting the field ready for the start of the MLB season, someone in an SUV entered the stadium Friday morning and started "doing doughnuts" on the dirt, according to an eyewitness.

Ryan Carlson, who works in an office overlooking the field, recorded part of the incident once he realized the driver was not one of the stadium workers, he told the San Diego Union Tribune.

“After about a minute, he came to a stop, and a bunch of the grounds crew guys made their way to the car and did like a citizens’ arrest,” Carlson told the newspaper. “It happened peacefully, wasn’t aggressive, at least as far as I saw."

The entire field was covered in dirt after the park hosted monster truck rallies and dirt bike races last month. The grounds crew is currently in the process of getting the field ready for the start of the 2022 season -- which is in jeopardy due to the MLB lockout.

Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, was used for the American League championship series in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, was used for the American League championship series in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Grounds crew members ended up blocking the entrance where the SUV entered to prevent any escape.

San Diego Police told the Union-Tribune that the suspect was arrested and charged with felony vandalism.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Petco Park vandalized by SUV driver 'doing doughnuts' on field