Binghamton Police Investigate Roundabout “Ramming”
Sections of the Court Street roundabout in downtown Binghamton appear to have been intentionally damaged by an unknown driver.
A planter and other decorative elements in the center of the traffic circle near the Broome County Courthouse sustained heavy damage in the latest incident.
Mayor Richard David said it "almost looked like it was rammed." He said authorities did not have "a complete picture of why it was done."
Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, David said it did not appear to have been a case of "driver error."
The mayor said he believes "somebody intentionally went out of their way to ram the roundabout." He said he didn't know what would motivate someone to cause such damage.
David said "whether people like it or not, it is public property and you can't go around destroying public property."
The mayor noted there have been other vandalism incidents in the area of the roundabout but they were limited to relatively minor things like pulling out flowers or damaging posts along sidewalks.
David could not provide an estimate as to how much it will cost to repair the latest damage.
The mayor characterized the most recent incident as "ridiculous" and said the city can't tolerate such actions.
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