SUGAR HILL -- Late-night hijinks on a city-owned golf course in Sugar Hill could cost two beer-swilling teens thousands of dollars for repairs, officials said Tuesday.
Suwanee residents Cameron Brothers, 18, and James Cardwell, 19, are accused of taking a four-wheeler on a midnight joyride at the Sugar Hill Golf Club on July 4, ripping through sand bunkers, doing "donuts" on greens, laying tracks across the course and plowing a costly sprinkler system, according to police.
Police traced the ATV's tracks into woods, along a trail and to a house about a half-mile away, where both teens were arrested early the next morning and charged with criminal damage to property in the second degree, a felony, and possession of alcohol by a minor. They have since been freed from the Gwinnett County Jail on $1,900 bond each.
Sugar Hill City Clerk Jane Whittington said Tuesday the vandalism is having a lasting impact at the course.
The city has had to consult with outside vendors to fix the computer-controlled irrigation boxes that were ruined. Whittington expects the final cost of damages will land between $10,000 and $15,000.
"As soon as we get our quotes in, we will be fixing (the irrigation system) immediately," she said. "It's very hot outside."
Once confronted by police, Brothers and Cardwell admitted to causing the damage and repeatedly offered to pay for it, according to police reports.
Police reportedly found telltale Natural Light beer cans at the course, on the trail and at the home where the teens were staying.
Both suspects reeked of booze when confronted by police about 5 a.m., a report states.
"(The suspects) said they had been drinking alcohol during the night and were extremely intoxicated when they were causing the damage," one officer wrote.