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UPDATED: North Ridgeville man says charges over snowmobiling on neighbor's lawn are a misunderstanding

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    Police say this snowmobile rode up onto a yard in North Ridgeville and charged its owner, Jeremy Davis, with trespassing and criminal damaging. Davis said a mechanical failure led its rider -- a potential buyer for the snowmobile -- to lose control.

    PHOTO COURTESY JEREMY DAVIS

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – A 31-year-old man was charged with criminal damage and trespassing after police said he drove a snowmobile onto his neighbor’s lawn.

Jeremy Davis, 31, of North Ridgeville, allegedly rode his Arctic Cat snowmobile across the street and onto his neighbor’s lawn, damaging the sidewalk and grass, according to a police report.

An officer noted in the police report that there was no snow on the ground and the temperature was 58 degrees the day of the incident, April 8.

Davis said he wasn’t the rider of the snowmobile and this was a misunderstanding. He said he had put the snowmobile up for sale, and a buyer was looking at it the day of the incident. The buyer took it for a test ride, and broke one of the machine’s A arms, which connects the drive train to the sleds, providing stability and steering. The rider lost control and the snowmobile ended up on a neighbor’s lawn.

“There was no criminal intent,” he said.

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @Jodi_Weinberger.

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