Man tells authorities that he damaged 'Field of Dreams' site

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014 file photo, teams play at the "Field of Dreams" during a fall tournament in Dyersville, Iowa. A vandal caused thousands of dollars in damage to the Field of Dreams by driving a vehicle onto the site made famous by the 1989 movie. Workers at the site found the damage Tuesday morning, Jan. 23, 2018, and were still assessing the costs and needed repairs. (Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP, File)

Dave Kettering

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A 20-year-old man has told authorities that he drove onto and damaged the Iowa baseball field made famous by the 1989 "Field of Dreams" movie.

Court records say Austin Pape, of Dyersville, is charged with felony criminal mischief in Dubuque County. His attorney, Todd Klapatauskas (klap-uh-TOW'-skuhs), said Thursday that Pape will plead not guilty but will work with prosecutors on resolution. He says Pape hasn't expressed any particular grudge toward the field. It sits 2 miles (3 kilometers) outside Dyersville — 142 miles (228 kilometers) northeast of Des Moines.

The records say the deep gashes in the field and sprinkler damage that occurred Jan. 22 are expected to cost nearly $14,300 to repair.

Thousands visit the eastern Iowa field, running around the bases and walking to the surrounding cornfields.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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