Seven Piedra Vista High School football players suspected of overturning vehicles

Steve Garrison
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Seven members of the Piedra Vista High School football team have been identified as suspects in a case involving two overturned vehicles in Farmington earlier this month.

The Farmington Police Department said in a press release on Wednesday that charges of criminal damage to property against the boys were referred to the juvenile court. The boys, whose names have not been released, are all 16 years old and live in Farmington.

A Farmington police spokeswoman confirmed on Wednesday that all seven of the boys are players on the football team.

When asked whether the high school has taken any disciplinary action against the boys, Piedra Vista Athletic Director Frank Whalen said, "it's been handled." He declined to comment further on the matter.

Piedra Vista's first football game of the season is on Aug. 29 against Utah's San Juan High School.

Officers were dispatched shortly after midnight on Aug. 2 to a residence on Crestridge Drive after receiving reports that a vehicle had been overturned, according to the police press release. Later that morning, police were dispatched to a separate residence a mile and a half away on Sundown Road in reference to a second overturned vehicle. Both incidents occurred sometime during the night, the release states.

The department received several anonymous tips after publicizing the incident, and detectives identified the players as suspects.

The department said in a press release that charges of criminal damage to property have been forwarded to the San Juan County Juvenile Probation Service against the seven boys.

The police department said it is seeking additional suspects believed to be involved in the incident.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.