Wild Ride on Golf Course Ends in Arrest

A driver flips his car in a sand trap in South Windsor, flees and reports it stolen, police said. Now, he's charged with criminal mischief and $9,000 worth of damage.

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Topstone Golf Course
A man accused of flipping his car in a South Windsor golf course, abandoning it and reporting it stolen has now been charged with causing more than $9,000 in damage to Topstone Golf Course.
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Topstone Golf Course
On Aug. 18, golf course employees showed up for work and found a Saab on its roof in a sand trap and called police.
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When Matthew Diulio, 20, of South Windsor, called police at 10:30 a.m. to report his car stolen, they knew right where to find it.
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But, as cops talked to him, Diulio said he was driving the car on the golf course when it went into a sand trap and flipped onto its roof, police said. He and the passenger ran off, leaving the car.
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Topstone Golf Course
Diulio was charged with falsely reporting a motor vehicle theft and filing a false statement.
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The investigating officer later obtained an arrest warrant for Diulio based on the damage done to the golf course.
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A groundskeeper estimated the damage done to the golf course greens and fairways at $5,680 with another $4,000 in additional maintenance costs possible.
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On Friday, Nov. 19, South Windsor Police arrested Diulio.
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He was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespass.
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He is being held on a $10,000 surety bond and will be presented at Manchester Superior Court later on Friday.
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