Teen arrested for throwing e-scooter from bridge into Cedar River

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 4:47 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Cedar Rapids Police arrested a 16-year-old on Thursday accused of throwing an e-scooter into the Cedar River.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department took a report on Wednesday from VEO about an electric scooter that was apparently thrown into the river from the 2nd Avenue bridge on the night of May 31st.

A social media video shows a male throwing the scooter into the water.

On Thursday, the 16-year-old male was arrested and charged with 5th Degree Criminal Mischief. The 16-year-old, accompanied by his parents, admitted to throwing the scooter from the bridge, authorities say.

Officials say the video obtained from social media was used to assist in the case.

Police say, according to VEO, at least three scooters have been dumped into the river, but others said it was happening more than people thought.

“I fish at the Prairie Park Fishery just about every day, and I was two cosmo scooters here the other day and I physically pulled a bike and a scooter out a few weeks ago,” said Jason Booher of Cedar Rapids.

Booher said he worried about the water quality with how often he was seeing scooters and bikes floating where he fishes.

“Those batteries can’t be good for the water,” he said.

VEO Operations manager, Blake Adams, said the batteries wouldn’t hurt the water, but said they had to pull about 6 scooters out of the river by the fishery a week.

“We did lose the hatchery for about a week and when we get it back online we will have to monitor it a little better,” he said.

Adams said it would take up to two weeks to pull all of the scooters out of the river. He said the challenge right now was trying to find an incentive to keep this type of behavior from happening again.

“I really hate the idea that our scooters have been in the river,” he said.

While Adam’s and his crew worked to find a solution, Booher said something needed to happen sooner rather than later.

“I don’t want to see them go, but right now they’re more trouble than they are worth,” he said.

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