New Jersey man faces charges for doing donuts on greens at Trump’s Bedminster course

September 11, 2019

A man has been arrested and charged for recent acts of vandalism at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

According to a report from David A. Fahrenthold in the Washington Post, 26-year-old Richard J. McEwan was charged with “criminal mischief” after he allegedly took a car and drove it on the New Jersey course causing significant damage on two separate occasions.

Both times, McEwan is accused of doing “donuts” with his vehicle on two different greens, including the 13th green, a tactic likely meant to cause as much damage as possible.

The first incident occurred on September 3 at 5:30 p.m. In a bizarre twist, the Washington Post report claims that McEwan had been released from a Rhode Island jail earlier that day, having been arrested for breaking into singer Taylor Swift’s beach home in the state.

The 18th hole at Trump Bedminster pictured during the 2017 U.S. Women's Open.
Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports

McEwan is alleged to have driven on the course again this past Sunday, September 8, when a witness “reported seeing a blue Ford sedan with a Rutgers University sticker driving on the 13th green of one course.”

In all, police claim the two acts of vandalism caused a total of $17,000 in damage. Trump Bedminster is widely considered one of the best golf courses in the Trump portfolio. The course hosted the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open and will be the site of the 2022 PGA Championship.

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