Teens on joyride damage Hadley dike

Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

HADLEY — An apparent joyride by teenagers on the Hadley dike the morning of Feb. 21 caused minor damage to the structure that separates West Street from the Connecticut River, according to town officials.

Hadley Police Chief Michael Mason said when officers got to the scene shortly after 9 a.m., a 19-year-old South Deerfield man was still driving the vehicle on the dike and trying to flee.

But he was unsuccessful, getting the vehicle struck in the soft ground. A tow truck was called and freed the vehicle, but the tow truck and the vehicle both sustained damage in the process, Mason said.

The driver will be summoned to court on multiple charges related to the property damage and trespassing, Mason said.

Mason said the damage to the dike included deep tire tracks and ruts on a significant length of the top, as well as in some of the lower areas.

Town Administrator David Nixon told the Select Board Feb. 21 that the actual damage to the dike was minimal and did not compromise its integrity.

The dike, which is a popular place for people to walk their dogs, remains open to the public.

Meanwhile, a portion of the West Street common, which extends from the dike to Bay Road, was damaged when a postal vehicle drove across it from one side to the other, leaving deep tire ruts, on Feb. 20.

Nixon said after the responsible vehicle was identified, representatives from the U.S. Postal Service met with him and pledged to restore the common to its original condition.

“They apologized for the rookie mistake that was perpetrated,” Nixon said.