Joyride Over Lawns Angers Residents

MOUNT PROSPECT (CBS) — Dozens of neighbors in Mount Prospect say they didn’t even hear it happen: a driver carving a path through their yards and heading straight for their homes.

The tracks marked a trail of trouble all through the neighborhood. Police say a driver out of control plowed through the lawns at 33 houses, CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reports.

Neighbor Ila Worth’s initial reaction to the damage?

“My exact words were, ‘Holy (expletive),’” she said.

She says a police officer called her about two hours after the driver mowed through her yard to give her the news.

“He’s so close to the house at this corner, it’s unbelievable,” Worth said. “It’s like, my God, he could have knocked the whole porch off.”

Mount Prospect police say an officer was driving near Tano and Burning Bush Lane when she first spotted a Dodge Minivan. A little farther down the road, the officer said she saw that same van roll right through the yard of a home on the corner.

Later, police found the tracks running rampant at homes near at least six intersections. Tire tracks go across yards, through shrubbery and continue through the yard at the neighboring house.

“We didn’t hear anything,” Martha Ann Scodius said. “Unfortunately, we woke up this morning and saw the tire tracks. My husband took the dog for a walk a block away and had seen some tire tracks.”

Driver Brian Essenberg, 19, was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property, reckless driving and possession of marijuana, police said.

  • My thoughts

    his parents need to quit cudding the lil baby and take a belt to his ass daddy…and since he likes to cut grass…all this year he will do every house on the block making the hood look good!

  • Dan

    They should lock him up with the guy that got busted knocking down the mail boxes with his sisters car

  • Michael

    My gosh, a little lawn job never hurt anybody. Im sure all of us have been up to some mischeif here or there

    • Nicholas

      Took the words right out of my mouth…

  • Ted McDermitt

    Franklly this is a waste of all this attention. So some people had their lawns run over, not the end of the world. Lets see more justice with the rest of this areas drug problem.

  • Glenn Phillips


  • Gwenivere

    GeHe’s sounds like a bad egg.

  • Chris

    Hello i was the 3rd passengar of this car yes this is my friend as well as the kid who got arrested for consumption of alcohol (which in my opinion is bs when you can go kill people at age 18 but you cant have ONE beer when your 19)

    On behalf of all of us id like to apologize for our ignorant and destructive behavior. Correct, apparently we had nothing better to do so our buddy decided it would be “humorous” to drive threw lawns. he was not trying to HIT the houses.. unfortunatly our media or press likes spicing up the stories up a bit. he definetly did not miss 33 houses in attempt to hit them.. gota admit i laughed really hard when i saw that.

    on that note, this was just a stupid teenage late night prank. there was no harm intended and once again he was not trying to hit the damn houses

    i may also add that my yard was driven threw too and there was 0% damage. there is snow and ice on each and every lawn.. there is no tires that have any chance off gripping and ripping apart any lawn in the dead of winter..

    “He’s so close to the house at this corner, it’s unbelievable,” Worth said. “It’s like, my God, he could have knocked the whole porch off.”

    ^^ WOW ya we were totally trying to crash a party.. literally

  • Andrew Martin Hajek

    Lol, no worries. He need to control himself that’s all.

    • Andrew Martin Hajek

      Having alochol in body is way worse than possession of marijuana. He probably got loosen up and do reckless things. I do too but not that big bangy trouble dang

  • Matt Pauly

    Bad boy essenberg bad boy!!

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