NEAR WATERLOO, IL (KTVI) – The Monroe County Illinois Sheriff said a driver who had too much to drink drove up and down rows of soybeans and corn destroying crops. 29-year-old Brandon Scott of Cahokia is facing charges. Those actions had farm families seeing red. Margaret Brandenburg and her family members have been in farming all their lives. She said, “I’m very mad, I’m angry at this person, I don’t even know who he is.” She added, “Farmers are losing tens of thousands of dollars in crop money we’re here to feed America, these kids think it’s a big joke. It’s not. It’s criminal.” In his mug shot Scott is seen sticking out his tongue. The sheriff said it showed Scott had been drinking. Monroe County Sheriff Neal Rohlfing said, “I would definitely say that show what kind of condition he was in.”
He said Scott was accompanied by a friend when they drove through fields of crops Sunday afternoon. Sheriff department photos showed what happened. There are at least five farmers who are victims; damages were estimated in the thousands of dollars.
Sheriff Rohlfing said, “It’s very discouraging and disappointing when somebody wants to totally disregard somebody’s living and ride out in the field and damage it. It’s very frustrating.” He doesn’t know the motive the suspect did not give a statement. The sheriff added, “He was intoxicated and fairly belligerent with the deputies.”
Margaret Brandenburg thinks who ever caused the damages should pay the farmers and also spend some time doing manual labor in the fields. She said, “Get somebody like that our here, do a 14 hour day, see how you feel at the end of one day, or two days or four days.”
At last report the suspect was still in jail on a $10,000 bond. The joyride ended when the pick-up truck they two men were in flipped, neither person was hurt.