> > Fairfax club owner Michael Mackintosh has been charged with vandalism in an incident with teens.
> The owner of the Marin Town and Country Club
in Fairfax, who was accused of running his
truck into a group of teenage trespassers this month, was charged Monday with felony vandalism - not the assault charge Fairfax police had sought.Michael Mackintosh
is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 2.If convicted, he
could face up to a year in jail or a fine of up to $10,000.Mackintosh
had not seen the criminal complaint Monday and declined to comment.
Police said the incident occurred Oct. 6, when Mackintosh
saw a truck full of teens on club property.One of the teens told police that Mackintosh drove across a field toward them in his
pickup truck and crashed into the front driver side of the teens' truck.
allegedly jumped out of his
truck, opened the Toyota's passenger door and yelled at the youths for trespassing.Mackintosh
told police that the collision was accidental and he
was trying to prevent them from leaving the scene.Both Mackintosh and one of the teens, a 17-year-old Novato resident, called 911.
The damage to the teens' truck has been estimated at more than $5,000.
Fairfax police asked the district attorney's office to charge Mackintosh
with assault with a deadly weapon, a charge that can bring
up to four years in prison.But an assault charge requires prosecutors to prove an intent to commit violent injury, and the teens told police that Mackintosh
tried to brake just before the collision.His
speed was estimated at 20 to 25 mph.