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Officials following leads in car damage case


By The Hays Daily News

By The Hays Daily News

Law enforcement continue to follow leads in the investigation into the damage of Chadd Brown's race car Oct. 12 at RPM Speedway near Hays and a reward continues to be offered for information leading to an arrest.

Brown's modified was damaged late that night as he watched the final races at Fall Nationals VII.

Damage was estimated at approximately $9,000, which could give rise to criminal damage to property charges against whoever is responsible.

Ellis County Sheriff's deputy Thomas Garner said leads continue to flow into the department. He was continuing to follow up on another one that came into the office Monday.

Garner said law enforcement are continuing to work in the same direction.

"We still have people coming forward," he said. "Hopefully, someone has seen something."

Garner said new information provided has cast some doubt on the object used. Officials and Brown initially thought a sledgehammer might have been used to make the significant damage to various parts of the car.

Based on Monday's information, that might have changed, Garner said.

Still, he's positive the suspect will be caught.

"I think we'll get a suspect," he said. "As far as proof, our hopes are up. But placing the suspect there as doing it is the hard part."

Garner said anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the sheriff's department at (785) 625-1040.

Brown's friends also have joined forces and are now offering a $1,000 reward in the case.