Driver speeds onto golf course nearly hitting golfers

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DENVER -- Police need your help finding a driver who jeopardized the lives of many Sunday at a most unexpected place. Witnesses claim someone driving an SUV sped through Hole No. 5 at City Park Golf Course in Denver at about 12:20 p.m.

The driver in a Toyota 4Runner jumped onto the curb from southbound Colorado Boulevard. Then, onto the fifth hole, where he damaged the grass and endangered the lives of golfers.

It’s not the kind of "driving" you’d expect on a golf course.

“It’s certainly out of the ordinary and shocking to us as golfers to have that happen,” said John Christner, about a game of golf that turned into something much more serious.

“We actually got a warning from the clubhouse that someone had driven on the course with the objective of hitting some of the golfers,” he said.

Now, Denver Police want to find that driver.

“Hopefully, it will all grow back together,” a golf maintenance worker said, who worked to piece together the torn-up turf.

It’s damage that runs about 75-feet on the green and fairway.

They cut out the damaged grass and replace it with new turf.

The workers became an unexpected feature at the 5th hole Monday.

“In the afternoon, with golfers present, that level of endangerment, that lack of regard for human life, that is when we became very alarmed,” Christner said.

He said he’s seen vandalism at golf courses before--but never when people were playing.

“That is one of the busiest times at City Park. Anytime between 12 and 4 p.m., you’re going to see the course full,” he said.

Police are looking for a gray, newer-model 4Runner with a Colorado plate that may end with 857.

The driver of the vehicle is accused of turning a game into a crime and teeing off those left in its wake.

“To have someone driving 40 miles per hour in their 4Runner is pretty alarming. I’m shocked no one was hurt. It could have been a lot worse,” Christner said.

Police said the driver got back onto southbound Colorado and got away.

If you know anything about this crime or recognize the SUV, call Denver Police.

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