Car-chase damage to Bangor Municipal Golf Course is minimal

Loam placed over tire ruts on the 18th tee box of Bangor Municipal Golf Course, as seen on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, marks the spot where police cars and a vehicle driven by Jeffrey Macy of Eastbrook damaged the course on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, as police chased Macy after he allegedly robbed the Rite Aid on Union Street in Bangor.
Loam placed over tire ruts on the 18th tee box of Bangor Municipal Golf Course, as seen on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, marks the spot where police cars and a vehicle driven by Jeffrey Macy of Eastbrook damaged the course on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, as police chased Macy after he allegedly robbed the Rite Aid on Union Street in Bangor.
Posted Oct. 02, 2012, at 12:47 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 03, 2012, at 11:51 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Time heals all wounds, the adage goes, and that applies to the damage to Bangor Municipal Golf Course on Sunday caused by a fleeing suspect in a pharmacy robbery.

Alleged robber Jeffrey Macy, 46, of Eastbrook was charged Monday with five felonies and five misdemeanor counts based on the robbery investigation.

Bangor Muni head pro Brian Enman estimated repairs to the golf course cost between $100 and $120 and have already been completed.

Enman was more thankful that the golf course, due to Sunday’s heavy and prolonged rain, was empty.

“We were pretty fortunate,” said Enman. “It could have been sunny with a crowd of people out there.”

Repairs to the front portion of the 18th tee included “a yard or two of loam and some seed” and 4-5 man-hours of labor, said Enman. The loam and seed totaled $40-$50 and the labor amounted to another $60-$70, he said.

The other damage, mostly from the weight of the heavier-than-usual vehicles on the soft, wet ground, will heal soon with time, said John Kelley, assistant superintendent.

The 18th tee will take the longest to recover, said Enman.

“That area of the tee might not be usable until the first part of next year,” he said. He believes the seed can take hold this fall, but there isn’t enough growing time remaining this fall for it to fully recover before next spring.

“Luckily, we have big tees,” Enman said. The 18th tee stretches approximately 50 yards from front to back. The red forward tee area was most affected.

Macy allegedly robbed a Rite Aid pharmacy on Union Street on Sunday afternoon. A clerk placed a GPS device with the drugs in the bag given to Macy, and Bangor police tracked Macy to a maintenance area next to the 17th tee at Bangor Muni.

Macy fled, driving up the 17th hole with multiple police vehicles, including an SUV, in pursuit. After the chase wound through the trees between the 17th and 18th holes, Macy’s vehicle was stopped on the 18th tee when the SUV reportedly rammed it and disabled it.

“I didn’t witness it. It was relayed to me [by people on the scene],” said Enman, who was called to the course a little before 4:30 p.m. That was approximately a half-hour after the robbery and minutes after the chase.

While vehicle tracks abound in the rough on the 17th and 18th holes, the biggest damage came when a tow truck attempted to remove Macy’s 1995 Pontiac Bonneville and became stuck.

A second tow truck was dispatched and the car and the first tow vehicle were removed within 45 minutes, said Enman. He was able to direct the second tow truck up the rough along the 18th fairway, which was drier than the 17th hole.

CORRECTION:

A caption on a photo of an earlier version of this story misspelled the name and incorrectly identified the hometown of the man accused of driving across the Bangor Municipal Golf Course. Jeffrey, not Jeffery, Macy is from Eastbrook, not Eastport.

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