Austin-East baseball field vandalized, police track down truck

Police have identified the driver they think used a truck to tear up the Austin-East Magnet High School baseball field by speeding in circles through the outfield turf.

Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Scott Erland told Knox News the department has “located the suspect vehicle and our investigation into the vandalism is still ongoing.”

Kaylin Chesney, Austin-East’s new head baseball coach, estimated it will cost between $6,000 to $10,000 to repair the field.

“Baseball might not be the most popular sport, but there are some kids that really enjoy it, including me. We got our program back and I have been blessed with the opportunity to coach this team,” Chesney told Knox News.

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