By Carson Gerber
---- — DENVER — Miami County officials say someone drove a vehicle down the Nickel Plate Trail late Friday night, within the town limits of Denver, and smashed four trail bollards valued at $2,000.
An accident report said the vandalism was likely intentional, and not caused by a drunken driver, since two of the bollards were knocked over from one direction, and the other two from the opposite direction.
“I do think it was intentional,” said Bill Click, vice president of the Nickel Plate Trail organization. “There’s no doubt in my mind about that.”
He said trail officials are offering a reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the apprehension of the person responsible.
This isn’t the first incident of vandalism on the trail in northern Miami County.
In August, more than 30 bicyclists, including young children, participating in a community bike ride in Denver ended up with flat tires after officials said someone sabotaged the bicycle path with nails and tacks.
In March, an area resident was identified as the culprit behind clear cutting brush and trees alongside the trail north of Deedsville.
Click said he doesn’t think the trail has been a specific target of vandalism. He said most trails in the state sustain some kind of vandalism.
“I don’t know that this is exceptional, it’s just part of it,” Click said. “I guess it was just our turn … But I’m tired of it, because I’m the guy who has to end up fixing it.”
He said there have been a couple of times in the last few years bollards have been run over intentionally on the trail.
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