Sherman woman victim of dangerous prank

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- A Sherman woman is warning other drivers to be alert after she says she was the victim of a dangerous prank.

"At first I thought it was a bird. Then when I realized it was a rock, I thought there must be someone on the side of the street throwing rocks at random cars," victim Mary Chapman says.

A rock is what caused the damage to Mary’s car. She says someone threw the rock at her car when she made a wrong turn down Travis Street in Sherman on Tuesday night.

"Me and my friend missed our exit so we decided to take a new way home we've never taken before, and it was a bad idea."

Chapman will now need to install a new windshield, which will cost her $200. But she says she's lucky. If the rock had been bigger, the damage could have been much worse, and the prank could have been deadly.

"I was shaking," Mary says.

Police say although this kind of vandalism may not happen that often, drivers do need to be on the lookout, especially at night.

Sherman Police Lieutenant Bob Fair says this is not a joke. It's considered criminal mischief.

"This isn't a prank. It’s an intentional act of vandalism, and people need to be warned. It’s not acceptable."

There are serious consequences if someone is caught.

“Say the vehicle wrecks out, somebody else gets hurt, (the suspect would be) looking at reckless conduct. Injured or killed, looking at voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter charges being filed as well."

Chapman says she's thankful to be alive and has some advice for whoever damaged her car.

“You guys need to find something better to do with your time. It’s kind of lame."


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  • by being sarcastically true Location: sherman on Nov 29, 2007 at 07:59 PM
    I think we ALL should pitch in and take up a collection for the culprits and buy them one of those extremely violet video games so they will stay put at home and get fat eating their microwaved frozen french fries and frozen pizzas in their own living quarters (apartment or rental that the government gives them) instead of throwing rocks in people's windshields. That way their non-caring parents will know what their children are doing (maybe).
  • by Educated Location: Bells on Nov 29, 2007 at 12:39 PM
    It is time that we all start watching out for each other - notify the authorities if somethings looks or seems unusual. Crime is getting worse by the day - we all need to be more observant of our surroundings and stay in populated areas as much as possible.
  • by Robert Location: Denison on Nov 29, 2007 at 12:32 PM
    This is not a prank. It is a crime. I seriously doubt that the people that did this (or their parents, 'cause they're likely to be juveniles) would think of them as "criminals"...but guess what? That's exactly what they are! Crime Stoppers should offer a reward for this specific crime...
  • by Julie on Nov 29, 2007 at 10:44 AM
    One of the bad things about thugs like this, is they will get bored with doing stuff like this and move on to doing something worse. They need boot camp
  • by Carrie Location: Sherman on Nov 29, 2007 at 08:54 AM
    This is a serious and growing crime, a national news program just had a special about bowling balls and large object being thrown at cars causing horrable face disfigurations. But its a miricle these victums are alive. People need to speak out against these criminals before someone else is hurt or killed by ignorant, careless deviance
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Nov 28, 2007 at 08:07 PM
    Whoever did this to this lady your payback is coming, punks like you, are worthless brates that will get caught you will one day pick on the wrong person and that person just might be the police. I would advice anyone if you seen this happen they need to come forth and tell the police, this woman did not deserve this and its punks like you that need to be taken off the street
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