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.
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.
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.
South Windsor Police
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.
Topstone Golf Course
Diulio was charged with falsely reporting a motor vehicle theft and filing a false statement.
Topstone Golf Course
The investigating officer later obtained an arrest warrant for Diulio based on the damage done to the golf course.
South Windsor Police
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.
South Windsor Police
On Friday, Nov. 19, South Windsor Police arrested Diulio.
South Windsor Police
He was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespass.
South Windsor Police
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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