Highway Patrol Cruisers Vandalized On Ocracoke

Authorities say vandals used paint and concrete to damage two N.C. Highway Patrol cars on Ocracoke Island after troopers handed out nearly 60 tickets while enforcing traffic laws.

The island was filled with visitors to the 30th annual Ocracoke Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament. Over the weekend, two troopers handed out 59 tickets, including 32 citations for seat-belt violations and five charges of driving while intoxicated.

Last Saturday, the troopers found one of their cars splattered with paint, while the other had its rear window broken with a concrete block. The cruisers were parked at a motel.

Highway Patrol spokesman First Sgt. Jeff Gordon said he didn't know whether the vandalism was retaliation from unhappy islanders, but he said the patrol would continue to enforce traffic laws on the island.

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