SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A Rome man is accused of driving into a restricted area of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo Tuesday, speeding into a spot where visitors were walking through the zoo.
According to police, 32-year-old Christopher Russitano intentionally opened a closed gate and sped into a restricted interior area in his Chevy Tahoe, just missing several people who were on the walkways.
Employees tried to stop Russitano, but he continued driving, forcing them to move out of the way at the risk of being hit. He also hit several fences, posts and an observation deck, causing more than $10,000 worth of damage.
Police say no one was injured during the incident.
Russitano was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal mischief, first-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree criminal trespass.
He is being held at Onondaga County jail without bail.