A New Jersey man who was charged last month after breaking into a Watch Hill house owned by Taylor Swift is in trouble again after the police said he drove his car onto Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., and was “doing doughnuts” on the greens.
New Jersey court records confirmed that the man, Richard J. McEwan, 26, of Milford, N.J., was charged this week with criminal mischief in Somerset County, N.J.
He is accused of driving onto the golf course owned by President Donald J. Trump on Sept. 3 and 8, according to police and court records, and cutting circles on two greens, causing more than $20,000 in damage. He was freed on bond after his arrest.
The Somerset County prosecutor said that an employee at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster observed a spinning vehicle on the 11th hole on Sept. 3. A vehicle was spotted again on Sept. 8 making circular patterns on the 13th hole. The witness gave the police a partial license plate number, and McEwan was arrested on Monday.
A Trump Organization spokesman told The Washington Post that McEwan should be “prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
The charges this week are the second case involving celebrity properties and McEwan. He was arrested in Westerly on Aug. 30 after he was found inside Swift’s Bluff Avenue mansion.
Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey had said that McEwan jumped a fence, entered through a side door on the first-floor and took off his shoes before looking for the singer.
“A pair of orange shoes were found at the doorway where he broke in. When officers asked him why he wasn’t wearing any, he told them ‘I was always taught that when you go into someone’s home, you have to take your shoes off,’” Lacey said. “He said he did it because it was polite.”
Court records show that McEwan, who was charged with willful trespassing and unlawful breaking and entering, had posted bond on Sept. 3. As a result of the most recent arrest in New Jersey, his case was moved Tuesday from Fourth Division District Court to Washington Country Superior Court. As a result, McEwan will have to appear for arraignment on Sept. 30, court records show. He has not entered a plea to the Rhode Island charges.
Jason Vallee, AP