Sheriff Brown: Damaging crops and farmland is a felony offense Share:Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Posted in Ellis County on April 02, 2015 by Staff Report ELLIS COUNTY — The Ellis County Sheriff's Office reminds the public that it is a felony offense to damage crops and farmland in a practice known as "mudding," where vehicles leave the roadway to drive around, leaving damage in their wake."There is no tolerance for this behavior," Sheriff Johnny Brown said. "The farmers are tired of it because it's costing them a lot of money."Parents, grandparents and guardians are advised to take notice when their young drivers' vehicles show up muddy. "You need to ask them where they've been so when you get that felony charge it won't be a surprise," Brown said.Farmers are reporting vandalism incidents are occurring on their properties at sites across the county."We want to nip this in the bud. This is not about having fun; it is a felony," Brown said.Several cases have been filed to date and anyone committing the offense will be criminally charged, Brown said, noting that additional, civil action can include the seizure of the vehicles to pay for the damage. You may also be interested in readingEllis County Sheriff’s Office sets up Exchange ZoneCOLUMN: Sheriff Johnny Brown announces re-election campaignSheriff’s deputy safe after patrol car burns2016 Ellis County Sheriff GOP Candidate Questionnaire responsesEllis County Sheriff issues statement about altercation on New Years DayEllis County Sheriff’s Office recognizes Camryn’s K9s for ballistic vest donationsCandidate profile: Johnny BrownSheriff, deputies and residents dispute candidate Winn’s tornado claimsSheriff pleads guilty and resignsNew County Sheriff’s current actions and past under question ← CARTOON: A.F. Branco – The Right StuffDefendant sentenced to four years in prison for violating CAN-SPAM Act → You must log in to post a comment.