BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – A Hunterdon County man has been charged for allegedly driving his car onto President Trump’s golf course in Bedminster Township and doing “doughnuts,” according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson.
Richard J. McEwan, 26, of Milford was charged on Tuesday with third-degree criminal mischief.
Bedminster police received a call on Sept. 3 reporting property damage to Trump National Golf Course. Upon arrival, officers were told that around 5:30 p.m., an employee of the golf course reported seeing a vehicle doing “doughnuts” on the 11th hole of the golf course, Robertson said.
The employee stated he was standing on the fairway when he heard loud music playing, turned and observed a Ford sedan occupied by one person doing “doughnuts” on top of the 11th hole. A search of the area yielded a black piece of plastic labeled Ford that was left behind at the scene. The damage to the grounds was estimated to be in excess of $10,000.00, Robertson said.
Then on Sunday, Sept. 8, at around 3:36 p.m., officers responded to Trump National Golf Course for a second report of a vehicle driving on the green of the 13th hole, doing “doughnuts” which caused damage estimated to be between $7,000.00 and $9,000.00, Robertson said.
Upon arrival of officers, a witness advised police that a blue Ford compact car with a Rutgers sticker on it was seen being driven by a younger white man and a partial license plate of the vehicle was obtained, Robertson said.
A police investigation was able to identify McEwan as the alleged driver of the 2006 Ford Focus, Robertson said.
McEwan was located at his residence and taken into custody without incident. He was released pending a future court date.