Affidavit: Buna man on riding lawn mower does donuts, does $2.7K in damage to SUV

Affidavit: Buna man on riding lawn mower does donuts, does $2.7K in damage to SUV

JASPER, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office arrested a 50-year-old man on a felony criminal mischief Thursday in connection to allegations that he did "donuts" near a woman's SUV while he was mowing and pelted it with rocks.

The insurance estimate said that the cost of repairing the damage will be $2,698.14, and it will take more than 40 hours to complete.

Jeffery Kelly, of Buna, is still being held in the Jasper County Jail on a state-jail felony criminal mischief between $2,500 and $30,000 charge.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a Jasper County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a criminal mischief call at a business on U.S. Highway 96 in Buna on Sept. 9.

When he got there, the complainant told him that Kelly was mowing the grass near Joe's Pizza and Pasta when she walked out and told him to get away from her $30,000 2015 GMC Acadia SUV. At that point, Kelly allegedly did three donuts on the mower, throwing rocks all over her recently purchased vehicle.

The complainant also told the JCSO deputy that she had two witnesses to what happened. Both witnesses said they saw the alleged victim tell Kelly to stop mowing near her SUV and that he did it anyway and slung rocks at her vehicle.

The JCSO deputy asked Kelly what happened, and he said that he thought the complainant was playing when she told him to stop mowing near her SUV, the affidavit stated. Then the deputy asked Kelly why he thought slinging rocks on a new car was a joke.

According to the affidavit, Kelly claimed he didn't sling rocks with the lawn mower. When the JCSO deputy asked him what happens when a mower goes over rocks, he admitted that they often get thrown. He allegedly told the deputy that all he did was turn around.

Eventually, Kelly admitted to doing the donuts and throwing rocks against the complainant's SUV, the affidavit stated.

After the deputy read Kelly his Miranda rights, he had Kelly write a written statement. In the statement, Kelly said that he was mowing the grass for his dad when the complainant came out waving her arms and saying something to him, the affidavit stated. He allegedly claimed in the written statement that he couldn't hear her because the mower was going.

"Jeff also wrote that she said some rocks hit her truck when he turned around on the 'zero' turn lawnmower and finished his statement with, "I don't know for sure," the affidavit stated.

During the deputy's conversation with Kelly, the suspect said, "My dad will just paint her truck," the affidavit stated.

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