Sheriff's department eyes suspect in car damage case

By The Hays Daily News

The investigation continues into damage to a race car Oct. 12 at RPM Speedway in Hays, and the $1,000 reward for the arrest of the perpetrator still is available.

Ellis County Sheriff's deputy Thomas Garner said no new leads have been found in the last week relating to damage to Chadd Brown's modified during the final hours of Fall Nationals VII.

He said law enforcement has been concentrating on two people, with more of the focus on one of the parties.

"One is our best possible suspect," Garner said.

"We've talked to another person, had an interview with him. But the other person is our person of interest. The other is not a suspect."

Brown estimates the damage to be approximately $9,000 to a car that was new for the 2013 season.

Brown noticed the damage after returning to his home in Great Bend the morning after Fall Nationals VII. He contacted the Great Bend police department, who came out to take pictures of the damage and forward the information along to the Ellis County Sheriff's department.

Significant damage was done to the modified. On Monday, Garner said law enforcement had an idea of what type of object was used to cause the damage, but he wouldn't disclose what it was.

Brown's car was parked in the east overflow area of the pits in the dark. It was one of two cars loaded on a flatbed trailer. Only Brown's car sustained damage.

Garner said he still is optimistic a suspect will be brought into custody.

"I hope so, but right now, it's been a while," he said about any new information. "It's been at least a week since anything new. We're going to concentrate on what we have and go from there."

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the Ellis County Sheriff's Department at (785) 625-1040.