BETHEL — The Bethel Police Department continued its investigation Tuesday into a brief chase onto the Bethel Inn Resort’s golf course late Monday night.

Chief Alan Carr said the department was looking into who was driving the three-quarter-ton pickup truck involved in the incident. He said officer Jeff Campbell saw the truck on Mill Hill Road and attempted to pull it over after suspecting that the driver was intoxicated.

“They apparently tried to stop it in the parking lot and it continued onto the golf course itself,” Carr said.

Carr said Campbell pursued the truck onto the course, where it eventually stopped on a green near the Fairway Condos complex. He said the truck is owned by Malcolm Bennett of Gorham, N.H., who was a passenger in the truck. Carr said a younger woman was also in the truck, but he did not have any information on her.

Carr said police were investigating whether a third person, believed to be driving the truck, had fled the scene.

Mark Mallory, head golf professional at the Bethel Inn Resort, said the 18-hole course was not substantially damaged. He said some turf was torn up and would need maintenance, but the course is fully open to golfers.

“I think it’s going to be fairly minimal as far as the dollar value goes,” he said. “If you’re not looking for it, you probably wouldn’t even notice.”

Allen Connors, general manager of the Bethel Inn Resort and Country Club, said the course is ready for play.

“It’s in great shape, and we’re very fortunate that they didn’t do any damage. The only thing that was kind of exciting for some of our guests was to look out onto the golf course at midnight last night or thereabouts and see some police blue lights going on,” he said.

The championship course, built in 1913 and redesigned in 1988, has been praised by America’s Greatest Golf Resorts magazine as one of the top 10 resort courses in the Northeast.

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A golfer from New York chips onto the ninth green at the Bethel Inn Resort in Bethel on Tuesday afternoon. She and her partner said they did see some evidence of tire tracks on a few of the holes from a car chase Monday evening, but nothing that would hamper play.


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