Woman arrested after car destroys fence at Amherst school softball field

AMHERST — A Middleborough woman was arrested on drunken driving charges early Sunday morning after she allegedly destroyed a chain-link fence at the Amherst Regional Middle School softball field with her vehicle, police said.

Meghan Gesek, 21, was arrested at 1:46 a.m. at the 170 Chestnut St. property on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, trespassing with a motor vehicle and malicious destruction of property valued at over $250, said Detective David Foster.

Gesek’s vehicle, a 1999 Mercury Marquis, was observed in the Wildwood School parking lot, 71 Strong St., a short time earlier during routine security checks police do at school properties, Foster said. The vehicle then went through the parking lot, down the grassy incline between the two schools and smashed into the fence, Foster said. The fence is designed to protect players sitting on the softball bench from being struck by foul balls.

Ronald Bohonowicz, the facilities director for the schools and town, said Monday that the entire fence, which measures about 24 feet long by 5 feet tall, will have to be replaced.

“It’s destroyed,” Bohonowicz said.

Bohonowicz said he will get bids for replacing the fence, which he estimates will be about $1,500 and will be paid by Gesek’s insurance company.

No other damage has been discovered at either the middle school or Wildwood, Bohonowicz said, with surfaces of the playing fields and fences intact. But he said employees are doing thorough checks of all school property, including buses and other vehicles parked in the lots, to make sure none were damaged during the incident.

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