Police: ‘Nerf Wars’ games lead to two New Year’s Day incidents in Oxford

A New Year’s Day afternoon game of Nerf Wars went beyond the game when participants drove their vehicles into grassy areas in Oxford, including one of them into a baseball field.

Police were alerted to the incident at about 3 p.m. on Jan. 1.

One vehicle, a Honda HRV, was approximately 75 feet into left field of a baseball field and sunk six inches deep into grass and mud.

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The second was a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and it was determined that vehicle had also been driving off-road in grass areas.

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A tow truck was called to assist in getting the Honda removed from the baseball field.

The two drivers, both 18, were charged with willful and wanton disregard and advised they may be responsible for restitution for damages.

In another Nerf Wars incident that same day, a man went to the police department at 8:42 p.m. to report he and approximately 30 others had been involved in a game on Chestnut Lane and he discovered a rock had been thrown at his 2019 Hyundi Santa Fe, breaking the passenger-side window.

The victim said he had attempted to determine who was responsible, but no one confessed. The vehicle sustained a spider web crack on the window.

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