Saugerties flower mangler faces misdemeanor

The long arm of the law protects flowerbeds too.

Saugerties police sifted through every Jeep Wrangler owner in Ulster County to find and charge a driver that, police allege, intentionally drove into a man’s garden to punctuate a dispute on Sept. 20.

According to police, a man driving a 1994 Jeep Wrangler stopped on Route 32 in Glasco to chastise a homeowner for blowing leaves from his yard onto the roadway. The man, said police, then drove into the homeowner’s driveway and onto the lawn, intentionally running over the complainant’s flower garden.

The victim described the man and the vehicle to police, who were able to take the information and use it to narrow it down to Kevin E. Smith, 29, of Saugerties. Smith admitted to the horticultural wrongdoing when he was approached by detectives.

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Smith was charged with the misdemeanor of fourth-degree criminal mischief. An order of protection was issued on the property owner’s behalf. After he was arraigned in town court, he was ordered to surrender all of his firearms and released pending a future court appearance.