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New Jersey Man Charged With Doing 'Doughnuts' At President Trump's Golf Course

11 September 2019

Richard Joseph McEwan, 26, of Milford, will appear in Superior Court in Somerset County on third-degree criminal mischief charges relating to the $20,000 in damage he is accused of causing to the president's property. Police said he drove onto Trump's course twice in the last week, driving in circles on two different greens and causing at least US$17,000 (NZ$26,000) in damage. He then took off his shoes.

Swift was not at her home in Westerly, Rhode Island, on August 30, when McEwan was reportedly seen scaling the fence of the "You Need to Calm Down" singer's palatial East coast mansion, which sits on Bluff Avenue in Watch Hill.

Four days later, McEwan was back in New Jersey but his manners were nowhere to be found when he crashed Trump's favorite home away from the White House, officials say.

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Around 5:30 p.m. on September 3, a Trump National employee spotted a vehicle playing loud music and doing "donuts" on the grass around the 11th hole of Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson said.

McEwan was allegedly caught inside the 11,744-square-foot home after he triggered a motion sensor alarm that alerted police.

Cops connected McEwan to the first incident by a piece of the Ford left behind.

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Last Sunday, police returned to the golf course when a witness reported seeing a blue Ford compact vehicle with a Rutgers sticker driving in circles on the green of the 13th hole. Police said the witness got a partial look at the car's license plate, and that led them to McEwan. When officers asked him why he wasn't wearing any, he told them, 'I was always taught that when you go into someone's home, you have to take your shoes off, ' " Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey told the Sun. McEwan was charged with breaking and entering and willful trespassing.

For the most recent allegations at the golf course, Trump was reported to not be at the location but did spend time there during July, according to his public schedule.

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New Jersey Man Charged With Doing 'Doughnuts' At President Trump's Golf Course