Tribune-Courier News Reporter
A Marshall County man is behind bars after a midnight joyride through the campus of Marshall County High School that resulted in extensive damage to school property.
Friday morning Marshall County High School administrators, staff and students arrived to campus to find the result of the damage.
Marshall County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Samantha Mighell arrested 21-year-old Jonathan Orr early last Friday morning for the damage caused to the school’s property. When Mighell arrested Orr he was walking away from the property after leaving his vehicle at the scene.
Superintendent Trent Lovett said according to preliminary estimates Orr did $25 to $30,000 worth of damage to high school property.
“He destroyed a chain-link fence beside the greenhouse, hit a grease trap, hit a retaining wall, destroyed a set of bleachers out at the softball fields and hit a couple of trash cans dragging trash across the campus,” he said. “We’re still searching for other damages.”
Lovett said he wasn’t certain how Orr made his way onto the property, but once he did he drove between the greenhouse and baseball/softball-hitting barn, striking the chain-link fence and the grease trap on the other side of it.
“He made a real mess when he hit that grease trap,” Lovett said. “He got grease all over the parking lot.”
Lovett said Orr then made his way to the softball fields and must have lost control of his truck because he drove over a retaining wall, finally crashing into a set of bleachers.
“The bleachers he destroyed cost about $4,500 and now we’ll have to check the structural integrity of two of our walls because of the damage,” he said.
Lovett said Orr’s truck was stuck on top of the retaining wall and he couldn’t move it. According to Lovett it was then that Orr decided to leave the property on foot.
Lovett said Orr was new to the area and had no known ties to the high school.
Orr was charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place, first-degree criminal mischief and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.
Orr was lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center.